Brooke Burke-Charvet Tweets about recovery from thyroid cancer surgery
Brooke Burke-Charvet Tweeted to fans that she is "resting, recovering" after undergoing thyroid cancer surgery on Wednesday, December 5.
"I'm resting, recovering. Surgery went well. Dr Adashek is a genius," she Tweeted on Thursday, December 6. "Thx Dr! Feels like I got hit my a car :("
"Thank God it's over. I'm clean, surgery went well & I can talk," she added in another Tweet. "Losing My voice was my biggest fear. Thx for all your prayers & light."
The 41-year-old television personality first confirmed her diagnosis in November. She revealed that she needed a thyroidectomy, or removal of part of all of her thyroid gland. After her announcement, she continued her work as a co-host of "Dancing With The Stars," which ended its "All-Stars" season late last month.
Burke-Charvet also Tweeted about the outpouring of support from fans and followers.
She wrote, "So much love coming my way today via social media. Thank you 2 all my friends and supporters, I FEEL you! I'm online, thats a good sign :)"
Burke-Charvet previously revealed that in July, her doctor suggested she undergo a thyroid ultrasound and a biopsy, after he felt a lump in her neck during a routine physical exam.
She was previously diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disease in which a person's anitibodies attack the thyroid gland, making it unable to produce hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. Like many suffering from thyroid problems, Burke-Charvet has been taking synthetic pills to replace the hormones.
Thyroid cancer is usually treated with surgery, to remove the thyroid, and radiation, which is often administered with a radioactive iodine pill. The survival rate for those diagnosed with stage I or II thyroid cancer is close to 100 percent. Those with stage IV thyroid cancer have a survival rate between 7 and 51 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.
Burke-Charvet and husband David Charvet, a "Batwatch" actor, wed in August 2011 in a secret ceremony in St. Barts after a five-year engagement. The two are parents to a son and daughter and Burke-Charvet also has two daughters from a previous marriage.