The journalist revealed Wednesday that Katie Couric has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The former Today anchor stated in a post on her personal website that she learned of her disease a few months ago from doctors, and she advised others to be checked out. “June 21, 2022, was the first day of summer, my 8th wedding anniversary, and the day I found out I had breast cancer,” Couric wrote.
I felt sick and the room started to spin. I was in the middle of an open office, so I walked to a corner and spoke quietly, my mouth unable to keep up with the questions swirling in my head. ‘What does this mean? Will I need a mastectomy? Will I need chemo? What will the next weeks, months, even years look like?’”
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The 65-year-old Couric reported having surgery on July 14 and said the procedure removed a tumor that was “about the size of an olive” and measured 2.5 centimeters. Her radiation treatment also started on September 7 and ended on Tuesday.
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Her cancer was stage 1A, and according to pathology reports, the likelihood of a recurrence was “considered low enough to forgo chemotherapy.”
The news of Couric’s own condition brought back terrible memories of how cancer has affected her loved ones, according to Couric, who lost her first spouse Jay Monahan to colon cancer in 1998.
The author stated, “The heart-stopping, suspended animation feeling I remember all too well came flooding back: Jay’s colon cancer diagnosis at 41 and the dreadful, gut-wrenching nine months that followed.” “My sister Emily’s pancreatic cancer, which would later kill her at 54, just as her political career was really taking off. My mother-in-law Carol’s ovarian cancer, which she was fighting as she buried her son, a year and nine months before she herself was laid to rest.”
Couric noted that she made the decision to discuss her own experience with cancer in the hope that it will encourage more people to be examined.
“Please get your annual mammogram,” Couric wrote. “I was six months late this time. I shudder to think what might have happened if I had put it off longer. But just as importantly, please find out if you need additional screening.”
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