Katie Couric shares her breast cancer diagnosis – NBC Chicago

Katie Couric opens up about his recent diagnosis.

On Sept. 28, the former “TODAY” show host announced in a blog post that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this summer.

As the reporter detailed in her post, she went to the doctor in May to get a Pap test and the gynecologist told her she needed to have a mammogram as well. The following month, she made an appointment for the mammogram. At this point, she recalls, Dr. Drossman told Couric she needed to do a biopsy because there’s “something here I’d like to check. It might be scar tissue.”

On July 21, Couric received the terrible news that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“A text came in: ‘Please call me at the office to discuss the biopsy results. I tried to call you on your cell. Your mailbox is full,'” Couric wrote. “When I called back, Dr. Drossman picked up right away. ‘Your biopsy came back. It’s cancer. It’ll be fine but we need to make a plan.'”

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Couric said she “felt sick and the room started spinning.” She went to a corner and started thinking about a million questions regarding the next steps she needs to take. She then thought about her family’s history with cancer, including her former husband Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998.

“My sister Emily’s pancreatic cancer, which would later kill her at age 54, when her political career was really taking off,” she wrote. “My mother-in-law Carol’s ovarian cancer, which she was battling while burying her son, a year and nine months before she herself was buried.”

However, Couric said there “were better results” for some of his other family members, including his parents who both had cancer treatment.

Couric and her doctor quickly hatched a plan on how to fight breast cancer.

“We have decided that I will have ‘breast conservation’ surgery, i.e. a lumpectomy,” she wrote. “She would make an incision right around my areola. She said she would try to make sure all the scars were covered by my bathing suit – the furthest thing from my mind.”

Couric said the operation, scheduled for July 14, would then be followed by radiotherapy and medication which she would have to take for five years.

After having the operation, Couric said the pathology results came back and her lymph nodes were clean, however, this month she started radiation therapy. Midway through her journey, Couric is now using her story to inspire other women to get their annual mammograms.

“I can’t tell you how many times during this experience I have thanked God that we are in 2022,” she wrote. “And how many times have I silently thanked all the dedicated scientists who have worked so hard to develop better ways to analyze and treat breast cancer. But to reap the benefits of modern medicine, we must staying on top of our screenings, advocating for ourselves, and making sure everyone has access to the diagnostic tools that could very well save their lives.”

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