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Giuliana Rancic doing well after double lumpectomy, husband says

October 20, 2011 |  5:23 pm

Bill and Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic came through her double lumpectomy with flying colors and, like her husband, is looking at life a little differently now, Bill Rancic said in a TV interview Thursday morning.

"She's a trouper," he said on the "Today" show. "She pulled through it and was kind of relieved to get it over with and to get the cancer out."

Giuliana was "doing well at home, recovering" from the two-hour surgery that was done Tuesday to remove lumps in both breasts, plus several lymph nodes. Bill said they were headed back to the doctor on Friday to learn whether the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes, and that "God willing" Giuliana would be back to work next week. Her treatment will also include radiation.

"I'm adding nurse to my résumé now," said Bill, who called it heartbreaking to see his wife wheeled away for surgery. "She's having a lot of fun with that."

Giuliana went public with her breast cancer diagnosis Monday. The 36-year-old only had a mammogram before age 40 because a fertility doctor insisted on it, she said. The Rancics were about to attempt a third round of in-vitro fertilization, though their baby hopes have been put on hold for now.

"I'm not going to give up," Giuliana said Monday. "I want that baby. That baby will have saved my life."

Turns out the baby might have saved others' lives as well: Bill said Thursday they'd received any number of messages on Twitter from folks saying they or a family member had just scheduled their first mammogram.


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— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Bill and Giuliana Rancic in New York City on Oct. 13. Credit: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images.