Rita Wilson Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, Undergoes Double Mastectomy
Rita Wilson has revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy along with reconstructive surgery last week with husband Tom Hanks by her side.
In a statement to People Magazine, Wilson explained, “Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion.”
Wilson would go on to detail just how lucky she was to have caught the cancer early, since her doctor told her that her biopsies showed no signs of cancer whatsoever. However, as Wilson explains, “A friend who had had breast cancer suggested I get a second opinion on my pathology and my gut told me that was the thing to do.”
The second doctor Wilson visited delivered a diagnosis of “invasive lobular carcinoma,” which was then confirmed by a third doctor she visited.
“I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health. You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen. Early diagnosis is key.
“I feel blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors and that I am the beneficiary of advances in the field of breast cancer and reconstruction. I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health.
“I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right.”
While dealing with her illness and the subsequent surgery, Wilson is taking a temporary sabbatical from Fish in the Dark, the Broadway show in which she was currently starring. She is expected to return to the play by May 5.
We wish her all the best in her recovery, and hope that her struggle serves to inspire other women to get checked out. This really could happen to anybody, and not everyone has the same level of healthcare Wilson has, so the best thing your average person can do is get checked often, in the hopes of catching something like this early.
Here’s to a speedy recovery!