IVF Is Unrelated to Giuliana Rancic's Breast Cancer, Says Doctor Photo: PR Photos / The Bump
On October 17, Giuliana Rancic went on the Today show to reveal she has breast cancer.
“It’s been a shock. A lot of people have been asking, ‘We saw that you went and got IVF, are you pregnant?’ But sadly, we’ve had to put that off,” Rancic told Today host Ann Curry.
As depicted on reality TV show Giuliana & Bill, the E! News anchor and Style Network personality has been trying to conceive for quite some time now. It was in her third attempt to get pregnant when the 36-year-old found out she has breast cancer. Her in vitro fertilization doctor actually recommended that she get a mammogram because if Rancic were to get pregnant, there’s a risk the pregnancy and the hormones she’s been taking could accelerate the cancer.
But should you be worried if you’re trying to conceive with IVF? Doctors say not necessarily. "There’s no evidence for a link between breast cancer and infertility treatment," Eric Widra, MD, who chairs the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, told CNN. “A 2005 study looked at a possibility, but the study authors concluded a link to breast or ovarian cancer had not been found,” CNN also reported.
Rancic is in the early stages of breast cancer and will undergo surgery, followed by more than six weeks of radiation treatments, according to CBS News.
Despite Rancic’s cancer diagnosis, she says she’s not going to give up on getting pregnant. “I want that baby,” she told Curry. “And what’s amazing is that baby will have saved my life.”
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