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Just seven weeks after announcing her breast cancer diagnosis on the Today show in October, Giuliana Rancic returned to the morning broadcast on Dec. 5 to share some sad news: She will have to undergo a double mastectomy.
Rancic -- who was joined by her husband Bill Rancic on the air -- explained that despite the double lumpectomy she had in October, the results weren't as positive as she'd hoped, so she's having the double mastectomy as the next step in her fight against cancer.
"At the end, all it came down to was choosing to live and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life," Giuliana, 37, said of her decision to move forward after her initial lumpectomy did not successfully remove all of the cancer from one breast.
Giuliana, who has been a host on E! News for nine years and openly shared her struggles with infertility, also shared with Ann Curry that her desire to have a child played into her decision.
"If I had chosen to just do another lumpectomy and then do radiation ... Then I would have to put off having a baby for several years, so that was something that we took into account" said Giuliana, explaining that the two-to-five years of anti-estrogen therapy would potentially cause early menopause.
Giuliana also thanked her husband Bill for helping her stay true to her instincts to "just get the cancer out."
"Bill said to me, 'I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid ... Bill's been the world to me through this ... I couldn't have done it without Bill,'" she said of her husband.
The good news? After the double mastectomy, the chance of Rancic's cancer returning will be less than one percent.
"I couldn't be more at peace with the decision, but it was hard. I still break down some nights ... But, I'm okay."