Giuliana Rancic Says Cancer Diagnosis Explains Her Infertility


Giulian RancicThis morning on the Today show, Giuliana Rancic, 37, made a big announcement. Only it wasn't the happy pregnancy news we've all been waiting for as she and her husband, Bill Rancic, have struggled with infertility for years. Rather she revealed that she has breast cancer, which was discovered because of her IVF treatments.

She said she was originally planning to wait until she was 40 to have her first mammogram, but her IVF doctor insisted she get one as she was undergoing her third round of IVF. Though she went "kicking and screaming," she went, never believing that she -- at 36 (she's since had a birthday) with no family history of breast cancer -- could have it. Unfortunately, she learned shortly thereafter that she does. 

Whether you are religious or not, it has to make you question if things happen for a reason. She believes that they do. She told Ann Curry she always knew there was a reason she wasn't getting pregnant, and that this discovery now explains it. Since it was detected so early, her prognosis is good. She will have surgery this week, then undergo six weeks of radiation treatments. After that, she plans to go right back to her attempts to get pregnant again:

I'm not going to give up. I still want this baby ... because this baby has saved my life. I truly feel God was looking out after me … If I had gotten pregnant later down the line, I could have been a lot sicker.

It's hard to see it when you're stuck in the middle of something as desperate as infertility, but believing there is a bigger reason can certainly be comforting. Whether it's God, Mother Nature, the universe, or whatever you choose to believe is responsible for those reasons, having faith in something can certainly help when the world seems to make no sense.

That faith, which the Rancics have shown continuously throughout their infertility struggles, will serve them well as they beat cancer as well. And just as they have done with infertility, they're sharing their cancer battle with the world, providing comfort and inspiration in the process. Giuliana, who was visibly shaking during the interview, told Ann that while it was difficult, she was sharing her story to help other women remember to take care of themselves. "Don't feel sorry for me, just call your doctor tomorrow and make an appointment," she said.  

Good luck to the Rancics. Once they kick cancer's ass -- like you know they will -- we'll be hoping and praying with them once again for that pregnancy announcement we really want for them so badly, which they deserve so much.

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hotic... hoticedcoffee

I believe EVERYTHING happens for a reason, especially the unpleasant stuff.  And if you don't learn the easy lessons, they just get harder.

Best wishes to her and her husband.

nonmember avatar Jessica

I hope she has a speedy recovery - and she realizes that if you are more concerned with getting pregnant than being a parent (adoption) you get a bad side effect from hormones (cancer)

nonmember avatar Jabmo

Another victim of no-fat skinny, soy and veganism. The other one is the autistic low birthweight babies in today's news. Skinny by soy and Por nutrition wins again - it's taking young moms and the brains of their children.

Steph... Stephenni

Yeah and I'm sure the fact that she weighs 80 pounds has NOTHING to do with her infirtility.

Stacey. Stacey.

I believe everything happens for a reason, but I also think it is weird she says a baby that only exists in her imagination saved her.

nonmember avatar Missa

Wow can't believe ppl are giving nasty comments bout this. This is a couple who truely wants kids, not ppl poppin kids & abusing them !

Nothing but best wishes & prayers to her and her husband.

Stacey. Stacey.

Also, women with cancer can get preggo. I think she is just so desperate that she will blame anything on her infertility issues except actually being infertile.

And I am not trying to sound mean she seems to have a good heart and relly just wants a family. I pray she pulls through this and I truly hope she is blessed with a healthy baby whether her own or adopted.

cocob... cocobeannns

I'm really sorry to hear that she has cancer, and I understand her want to conceive her own child... But, could her cancer be a result from all the hormones she's taking? I'm not a doctor, and I have not done research on the subject, but it just seems odd to say she is have fertility issues due to having cancer. I'm sure there have been plenty of women with cancer to conceive, no? And, I know she and her husband have been trying to conceive for a long time. I DOUBT it's the recent discovery of cancer that's causing her to have fertility issues. I do believe it has alot to do with her weight, poor diet, or lack thereof, or maybe she just can't have children the natural way (obviously). Wishing her the best, but maybe it's time for them to adopt.

nonmember avatar ACA

This is awful and I hope nothing more than for her to pull through, kick cancer's butt and get pregnant. However, I cannot let this go without saying that the hormones and treatments from IVF can in fact cause cancer. She had two rounds of it, so it's not unlikely that the IVF has something to do with it.

MamaI... MamaItaliano66

And ALL this hate for thin people is sickening.  I've been pregnant several times and have never weighed more than 110 lbs.  I take vitamins, exercise and consume ANY food I desire in MODERATION. 



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