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Samantha Harris to Undergo Double Mastectomy

Posted by on Apr. 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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Samantha Harris to Undergo Double Mastectomy
Samantha Harris
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Samantha Harris reveals that later this month she will undergo surgery for a double mastectomy to treat breast cancer. 

In a routine self-examination last fall, Harris, 40, detected a lump in her right breast. She had a clean mammogram shortly before but something still didn't feel right, so she saw a breast cancer specialist months later. 

A needle biopsy and later lumpectomy led to a diagnosis Harris that did not expect: breast cancer. 

"It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest," the former Dancing with the Stars co-host says of the news. 

Harris sought opinions from three different specialists and received two treatment options: A double mastectomy or a less-radical second lumpectomy with radiation. 

"I was sick of feeling the way that I did in the days after the diagnosis," says Harris. "I knew I needed to take control." 

And for the wife and mother of two young girls, that meant educating herself and making a decision that was right for she and her family. 

Despite grappling with the options, once Harris made the call to have the double mastectomy. "I felt so much calmer." 

For more on Harris and her breast cancer battle, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday


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2kids19yrsapart
by Group Owner on Apr. 9, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Wow, she has aged since she left the show.

Sending her prayers for a fast recovery!

atlmom2
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I would do as she is doing.  My Mom battled breast cancer over 30 years.  My sister in law just died at Thanksgiving from agressive stage 4 breast cancer. 

Alyssasmommy412
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I would do the same, I'm really concerned for my girls as my husbands mother passed away from breast cancer at 35.

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