Food Network star Sandra Lee, known for her show Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, has revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer in an emotional interview on Good Morning America on Tuesday.
Lee admits she was stunned upon hearing the scary news, saying “life turns on a dime”.
Lee sat down with breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts, revealing she had just finished a photo session for the Most Beautiful issue of People on March 27 when her doctor called to tell her the life-changing news.
Sandra stated, “I walked off the set, and 20 minutes later my doctor called and told me I had breast cancer. I didn’t even cry, I was stunned…You know, and that’s just how fast life turns. It turns on a dime”.
Lee rose to fame in the early 2000’s for hosting the popular Food Network show Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee.
She is also known for being the longtime girlfriend of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Sandra stated, “It beats up your body, and it beats you up emotionally…I wasn’t going to let it rob me from one day of happiness”.
Doctors caught the cancer early and Lee has already undergone surgery to remove a lump from her breast.
Lee was specifically diagnosed with a form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ, which starts in the milk ducts and can become invasive over time if left untreated.
The treatment for DCIS is lumpectomy, radiation and then a mastectomy and remission rates are high.
Her doctors urged her to undergo a double mastectomy this week to remove both the cancerous breast and the healthy breast which she has been told is a ‘ticking time bomb’.
The chef had the test at 48, two years before the recommended age set by many health care organizations.
She said, “I’m 48 years old. I’ve got – I’ve got a couple years till 50 … If I would have waited, I probably wouldn’t even be sitting here”.
Click thumbnails for larger pictures