Christina Applegate undergoes double mastectomy
Christina Applegate has revealed she has undergone a double mastectomy to clear herself of breast cancer, and ensure the disease doesn’t return.
The actress told interviewer Robin Roberts about her ordeal on Good Morning America.
The Samantha Who? star was diagnosed with an early form of the disease in one breast last month but, after watching her mother, Nancy Priddy, battle the disease only to see it return later, and because she carries the BRCA1 cancer gene, she made the heart-breaking, dramatic decision.
She explained: ‘My decision, after looking at all the treatment plans that were possibilities for me, the only one that seemed the most logical and the one that was going to work for me was to have a bilateral mastectomy. So basically I had a prophylactic double mastectomies.’
She added: ‘I didn’t want to go back to the doctors every four months for testing and squishing and everything. I just wanted to kind of be rid of this whole thing for me. This was the choice that I made, and it was a tough one.’
The surgery took place three weeks ago, and Christina – who said she was now 100% clear of cancer – will undergo reconstructive surgery over the next eight months. The star even managed to joke that she’ll ‘have cute boobs till I’m 90’.
The actress also cited her 67-year-old mother, whom she desribed as a ‘quiet warrrior’, as her inspiration and rock.
‘I watched her have a mastectomy, and then I watched her go through two years of chemotherapy and eight surgeries and a hysterectomy,’ she said.
‘I’ve watched this woman survive both of those things, so for me there was always that sense that I was going to be okay, no matter what.’