Kathy Bates opens up about battle with breast cancer
Kathy Bates opened up about her battle with breast cancer, revealing that she is recovering from a double mastectomy.
The Oscar-winning actress, who revealed earlier in the year that she battled ovarian cancer nine years ago, was diagnosed with breast cancer several weeks ago, her rep confirmed to OTRC.com.
"Hey All, sorry for the long silence. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 months ago & am recovering from a double mastectomy," Bates Tweeted on September 12, adding later, "I don't miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry's Law. ;-) Thanks for all the sweet tweets. Y'all kept me going."
It was announced in May that NBC had cancelled the Emmy-winning legal drama, "Harry's Law," which starred Bates as unconventional lawyer, Harriet Korn.
"After much consideration, I underwent a double mastectomy," Bates told People magazine. "Luckily, I don't have to undergo radiation or chemo. My family calls me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception."
"My doctors have assured me I'm going to be around for a long time," she continued. "I'm looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do."
The 64-year-old actress revealed her battle with ovarian cancer on an episode of Anderson Cooper's talk show, "Anderson" in March 2012. She said that she had to keep her battle secret because she was under contract for a movie.
At the time, Bates said she admired women who've battled cancer publicly and feels that she might be more open about her struggles if, heaven forbid, she had to face them again.
"I admire people who have been open, like Melissa Etheridge and women I see walking around facing it without wigs and all of that stuff," Bates said. "I think I'd be more courageous next time."
Bates is nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy Award for her role on "Harry's Law." She is also up for an Outstanding Guest Actress Emmy Award for her stint on "Two and a Half Men," where she portrayed Charlie Sheen's ghost.
Bates, who won an Oscar in 1990 for "Misery," is known for roles in "Titanic," "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "About Schmidt." She has also had a recurring role on "The Office."