Christina Applegate Fights Breast Cancer
March 15, 2012 by staff
Christina Applegate Fights Breast Cancer, A month after being diagnosed with breast cancer, actress Christina Applegate, 36, is “100 percent” cancer-free, she told “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview.
“I’m clear. Absolutely 100 percent clear and clean,” the star of ABC TV’s “Samantha Who?” said. “It did not spread — they got everything out, so I’m definitely not going to die from breast cancer.”
But the price she paid for that peace of mind was high.
To be sure the cancer would be completely excised, and that there would be a reduced chance of it returning despite Applegate testing positive for the BRCA1 breast cancer gene, the actress opted to have both her breasts removed in an operation known as a prophylactic double mastectomy, even though cancerous lumps were only found in one breast.
“My decision, after looking at all the treatment plans that were possibilities for me, the only one that seemed the most logical and the one that was going to work for me was to have a bilateral mastectomy,” Applegate said.
Three weeks ago, she had the dramatic operation rather than undergoing other longer-term treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.
“I didn’t want to go back to the doctors every four months for testing and squishing and everything. I just wanted to kind of get rid of this whole thing for me. This was the choice that I made and it was a tough one.”
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