'DWTS' Samantha Harris opens up about cancer battle
TV personality Samantha Harris opened up to INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret up about her brave battle with cancer. She said, "I wouldn't have known that I had cancer, probably for years."
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: Samantha Harris decorates pink ducks to benefit the Munchkin's Project Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the Dog and Baby Buffet in Los Angeles on May 9, 2008. (Photo by Chris Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Actress Samantha Harris attends the 21st Annual EIF Revlon Run Walk For Women at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 22: TV personality Samantha Harris arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'The Pirate Fairy' at Walt Disney Studio Lot on March 22, 2014 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Samantha Harris during Cartier Celebrates 25 Years in Beverly Hills in Honor of Project A.L.S. - Arrivals at Cartier in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Samantha Harris and Michael Hess (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Revlon Run/Walk Co-Founder Lilly Tartikoff (L) and actress Samantha Harris attend the 21st Annual EIF Revlon Run Walk For Women on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for EIF Revlon Run Walk)
MALIBU, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Tv personality Samantha Harris attends Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox on September 8, 2013 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Nautica)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: TV personality Samantha Harris attends HBO Luxury Lounge featuring Motorola and PANDORA Jewelry in honor of The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at The Four Seasons Hotel on September 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for Mediaplacement)
Last fall, the former Dancing with the Stars co-host discovered a lump in her right breast during a routine self-examination. She says she underwent a battery of tests and doctors told her she was fine.
She said, "My mammogram came out clear. Then, when I finally did see a breast cancer specialist and oncologist, the ultrasound, MRI, and needle biopsy all came out that it was not cancer." But she said she still didn't have peace of mind. Then, last March, her doctor decided to do a lumpectomy, just to make sure she was okay. That's when it was discovered that she has breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy.
Moret said, "You made the decision to have a bi-lateral mastectomy, which was not an easy decision to make." "With me it came down to numbers. I'm not a gambler. For me, I wanted the best percentage of success without recurrence," she replied.
That operation has not ended the battle for this mom of two.
She said, "When I woke up in recovery and my surgeon was standing over me, he had this look of despair on his face. He shook his head and said, 'I am so sorry, I am absolutely shocked, the cancer had spread to your lymph nodes. I had to take out all of your lymph nodes.'"
Now, Harris is waiting for doctors to let her know if she needs chemotherapy. She also said she was shocked to learn that former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden also has breast cancer, a fact revealed by Lunden on Tuesday.
Lunden said on Good Morning America, "You have breast cancer, learn everything you can about this and go into warrior mode." Harris' reaction was, "I felt very much the same. You feel very helpless when you have a diagnosis of cancer."
Moret asked, "What do you want women to know who may be experiencing this very same issue?" "I walked around for four months with a lump that everyone, two doctors, said was nothing. That tests said wasn't cancer and it was, and I thought to myself, 'If there is even just one woman who is walking around right now with a lump that she doesn't think is anything, who has had doctors or test said it's not cancer, unless she knows for certain, maybe my story can help,'" she said.
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