Giuliana Rancic, 36, reveals breast cancer discovered during IVF
Giuliana Rancic revealed Monday that she has early-stage breast cancer — then went out of her way to thank husband Bill Rancic for letting her cry, and the baby she doesn't yet have for most likely saving her life.
E! Entertainment host Giuliana and original "The Apprentice" winner Bill have been trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization, a journey chronicled on their reality show, "Giuliana & Bill." After two failed IVF attempts, Giuliana Rancic ended the show's most recent season by heading back for a third round of fertility treatments.
This time, however, one doctor insisted the 36-year-old get a mammogram first, she said Monday on the "Today" show.
"He said, 'I will not get you pregnant' " without ruling out her small risk of breast cancer, " 'because if you get pregnant it will accelerate the cancer, all the hormones will accelerate the cancer,' " said an emotional Rancic. She said she fought the idea at first, as she hadn't planned on getting that type of scan until the recommended age, 40.
She went ahead with the egg retrieval portion of the IVF treatment, as well as the scan. And then the bad news came.
"They called me the next day and told me, 'We need to you to come back, we see something.' " The Rancics have since put off a third attempt to get pregnant until after she's completed her treatment, which will include surgery this coming week and then 6½ weeks of radiation.
After praising her husband for supporting her and letting her cry when she needs to cry, she also thanked the baby they hope to have in the future. "I truly believe that God was looking out for me," she said, and that there was some sort of "master plan" behind the failure of her previous IVF attempts, including one that ended in a miscarriage after eight weeks.
"I'm not going to give up," Rancic said. "I want that baby. That baby will have saved my life."
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Giuliana Rancic at an event in New York City in September. Credit: Anna Webber / Getty Images