December 05, 2011 6:52pm PT by Jethro Nededog
How E! Is Handling Giuliana Rancic's Double Mastectomy Hiatus
E! News host Giuliana Rancic announced Monday on the Today show that she has opted to undergo a double mastectomy in order to reduce the chances of her breast cancer returning. And during Rancic’s short time away for the procedure, her colleagues at E! News will pinch hit on the co-hosting duties.
"Giuliana's strength continues to amaze us,” an E! spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “And we admire her courage and are proud to stand by her side through every step on her path to full recovery."
Apparently, the statement isn’t just lip service. A network rep confirms that Rancic’s last day on-air before her surgery will be Monday, Dec. 12 and she only plans to take two weeks off for the procedure and healing.
During her time away, the network won’t be installing a specific person in her co-hosting position with Ryan Seacrest on E! News. Instead, it plans on taking advantage of its ensemble group of on-air talents, including newly announced correspondent, David Burtka, to pick up the slack.
Survivorship and Outcomes VP for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Diana Rowden, tells THR that Rancic’s two weeks off should be enough time to heal before returning to her job.
“Probably, she’s looking at a minimum of a couple days in the hospital,” Rowden says. “And depending on whether she opts for reconstruction – some of the reconstruction techniques are fairly involved -- it may require additional days in the hospital.”
As for the healing process and depending on whether she has reconstruction and the type of reconstruction, Rowden says, “Most women find with a mastectomy, bilateral mastectomy included, that you feel relatively well in a fairly short period of time following the surgery… It’s a relatively quick recovery. And that, again, is relative to other types of surgery and perhaps a more involved reconstruction process.”
Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer in mid-October and underwent a double lumpectomy on Oct. 18. Rancic's doctors say the planned double mastectomy will reduce the chances of her cancer returning to less than 1%.
For more information on the double mastectomy procedure and other breast cancer information, visit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website or call 1-877-Go-Komen.
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