Sandra Lee Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, Will Undergo Double Mastectomy (VIDEO)
Sandra Lee has breast cancer, and will undergo a double mastectomy later this week. The celebrity chef announced her diagnosis on Tuesday’s “Good Morning America,” saying that she was “stunned” when her doctor told her the heartbreaking news. Watch below.
“I didn’t even cry, I was stunned… You know, and that’s just how fast life turns,” said Lee, adding, “It turns on a dime.” The food maven was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in her right breast in March, and said she plans to have a double mastectomy because she would rather not have to deal with weeks of radiation. DCIS is a noninvasive cancer contained within the breasts’ milk ducts, but can become aggressive if not treated right away.
Lee noted, “I’m 48 years old. I’ve got a couple years till 50… If I would have waited, I probably wouldn’t even be siting here.” The star, who has been dating New York governor Andrew Cuomo for 10 years, went on to say, “You hear about it and it is always someone else. It’s a friend that you sent flowers to and you wish well… But I never thought I would be dealing with this.”
The Food Network personality revealed she found out about her cancer minutes after finishing her photo shoot for People magazine’s recent “Most Beautiful” issue. Lee also said she had doctors test her for BRCA1 and BRCA2, genes that increase the risk of ovarian and breast cancer, but her results came back negative. Understandably, Lee was quite tearful during her “GMA” interview, which was done with breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts. Check it out below. Gossip Cop wishes Lee a speedy recovery.