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Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic in a promotional photo from 2011 for Giuliana & Bill. - Provided courtesy of NBC

Giuliana Rancic has breast cancer surgery, recovering at home

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10/17/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Giuliana Rancic is "doing well at home and recovering" according to her husband Bill Rancic, after the E! News host underwent a double lumpectomy on Tuesday.

The surgery is part of her breast cancer treatment and the 37-year-old had cancerous growths from both breasts removed. Bill Rancic told "Today Show" co-host Ann Curry on Thursday, October 20, that the surgery took two hours. He also said the doctors had to remove a few lymph nodes that may have been affected.

"Giuliana is a trooper. She pulled through it, was kind of relieved to get it over with and get the cancer out," Bill Rancic said. "She's doing well at home and recovering."

Giuliana Rancic announced that she has early stages of breast cancer during an appearance on "The Today Show" on October 17. The cancer was discovered during a mammogram examination she had while she was undergoing a third round of in-vitro fertilization in an effort to get pregnant. Rancic has been open about her fertility problems and had a miscarriage in 2010.

Giuliana Rancic said her surgery would be followed by six and one-half weeks of radiation therapy.

The television host revealed that before she was set to undergo treatment her doctor advised her to get a mammogram to ensure that she did not have cancer before she went on hormone therapy. "He said, 'I don't care if you're 26 or 36, but I will not get you pregnant if possibly there's a small risk that you have cancer because the hormones will accelerate the cancer,'" Rancic said. "I wasn't prepared to get a mammogram until I was 40 years old, like I'd been told. I never in my wildest dreams expected anything to be wrong."

"Giuliana has had a tough year-and-a-half, between the IVF attempts and now with this, for me I just wish I could carry some of the load. I wish I could just take the pain away," Bill Rancic said during his "Today Show" appearance. "Watching her be wheeled into that operating room was heart breaking for me. I'm just doing everything I can to support her and make sure she's comfortable and try to make her laugh as often as possible. "

Bill Rancic is the winner of the first season of "The Apprentice." He and Giuliana married in 2007 and launched their own reality show, "Giuliana & Bill." "Bill is unbelievable," Rancic said about her husband on October 17. "He lets me cry when I want to cry. He just lets me feel what I want to feel."

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