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Giuliana Rancic talks candidly about her upcoming double mastectomy surgery

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12/12/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Giuliana Rancic spoke candidly in an interview about her upcoming surgery and admitted that she is "scared" of the recovery she'll face after she has a double mastectomy.

"I've never been through anything like this," she told Us Weekly recently. I'm scared of waking up and the pain. I do hear it's a painful recovery, so I worry about that."

The E! News personality first announced she was going to have the procedure on December 5. She returned to "The Today Show" to update viewers on health and announced that she will undergo the double mastectomy as part of her treatment for breast cancer.

She appeared on the morning talk show with her husband, Bill Rancic, when she said she decided to undergo the procedure after the lumpectomies she previously had did not effectively eliminate the cancer. Rancic first made her cancer diagnosis public on October 5.

Rancic told the magazine that she will have her surgery before the New Year. "I'll be recovering during the holidays. It's kind of quiet, and my family -- and of course Bill will be with me, so it's great," she explained.

Giuliana married Bill Rancic, the winner of the first season of "The Apprentice," in 2007. The couple launched their own reality show, "Giuliana & Bill" in 2009.

Bill Rancic said during their "Today Show" interview on December 5 that the two spoke with several experts and specialists before making the decision for Giuliana. "If she would have gone with the lumpectomy and radiation, then you have to go in every six months for the rest of your life getting mammograms," he said.

"Knowing Giuliana, she's going to be worrying three weeks before the mammogram, waiting for the results worrying and you're always looking over your shoulder," he added. "So I think in this particular case this was the best option for Giuliana."

"With the double mastectomy I have less than a 1 percent chance of getting it back," Giuliana Rancic said. "With another lumpectomy, radiation and medication, I could have seen 20 to 30 to 40 percent chance in my lifetime and for me it just wasn't worth it."

"I couldn't be more at peace with the decision. But it's hard, and I still break down some nights," Giuliana Rancic added. But I'm okay."

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