Giuliana Rancic’s Shocking Announcement!

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You could tell by her eyes, something wasn’t right.

Fans of  Giuliana Rancic know about her very public battle with infertility. They knew that at the end of the most recent season of Giuliana and Bill, that the couple were headed off to Denver, Colorado for a third try of IVF (in vitro fertilization).

They were hoping that her appearance on the Today show this morning would announce that the E! News host and husband, The Appentice winner Bill Rancic, were now expecting their first child.

But there was no glint in those eyes, they looked sad, even fearful.

Before undergoing the IVFprocedure, the physician insisted that the 36 year old undergo a mammogram.

He said, ‘I don’t care if you’re 26 or 36, but I will not get you pregnant if possibly there’s a small risk that you have cancer because the hormones will accelerate the cancer. I never in my wildest dreams expected anything would be wrong.

Although she was very reluctant, Guiliana underwent the procedure, and the results shocked her: She had an early stage of breast cancer!

Guiliana was in the middle of taking medications to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs for the IVF. Her doctor recommended that she continue this process, harvest the eggs and produce the embryos, but that they do not be implanted at this time. This is what she did.

Rancic will under surgery this week to remove the cancer, followed by 6-1/2 weeks of radiation therapy. She remains optimistic. She’s going to be OK, the cancer was caught early:

I’m not going to give up. I want that baby…. That baby will have saved my life.

But what is more, Rancic wants to use this opportunity to impress the importance of mammograms for women:

A lot of us think we’re invincible … but we have to start putting ourselves on the to-do list,” she said. “I had a friend call me yesterday, and she said, ‘I’m so sorry, can I do anything for you?’ And I said, ‘Just call your doctor tomorrow and make an appointment. That’s what you could do for me.’ … I will be okay because I found it early.

You can see the full video of Guiliana’s interview with Ann Curry here:

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What message do you take away from Guiliana’s story? Does it make you more likely to undergo a mammogram?

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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