Sandra Lee is sadly battling breast cancer.
The author and TV chef announced she has been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, a common form of noninvasive breast cancer contained within the breasts' milk ducts, during an interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday, May 12.
Sandra with Robin on GMA on Tuesday, May 12. (Photo Credit: R/R)
"It was March 27, and I was shooting People's 'Most Beautiful' [issue]," she recalled of the day she learned she had cancer while holding back tears. "I walked on the set and 20 minutes later my doctor called and told me I had breast cancer.
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"I just was still, I didn't even cry — I was stunned. And that's just how fast life turns — it turns on a dime," the 48-year-old star continued. Since then, Sandra explained she underwent a lumpectomy and her doctors are now recommending she receive six to eight weeks of radiation therapy and have a double mastectomy.
Sandra with her boyfriend, Andrew, in December 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
By her side throughout this health ordeal has been her boyfriend of nearly 10 years, Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. "He was as stunned as I was — he's been extremely supportive. He's going to be in the operating room with me," she said of Andrew, 57.
Moving forward, Sandra vowed to not only beat the disease but to also dedicate her life to encouraging others to receive regular cancer testing. Despite most doctors' advice, the star chose to have a mammogram before the recommended testing at age 50 — a decision she said undoubtedly saved her life.
"I plan to spread the word about early detection," she told Robin Roberts — who was similarly diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in 2007 at age 47 — during her GMA interview.
Watch Sandra's emotional sit-down with Robin in the video below.
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