Rita Wilson revealed that after recently being diagnosed with breast cancer, she has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery to ensure she overcomes her latest battle.
“I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue,” she revealed in a statement to People. “Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion.”
The Good Wife actress opened up about her underlying condition of LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ), which has been, “vigilantly monitored through yearly mammograms and breast MRIs.” She added, “Recently, after two surgical breast biopsies, PLCIS (pleomorphic carcinoma in situ) was discovered. I mention this because there is much unknown about PLCIS and it is often found alongside DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). I was relieved when the pathology showed no cancer.”
But after Wilson’s friend encouraged her to get a second opinion, she made the decision that ultimately saved her life. “A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma,” she shared. “His diagnosis of cancer was confirmed by, yet, another pathologist. I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health. You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen. Early diagnosis is key.
Tom Hanks’ wife also revealed that she feels “blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors.” She added, “I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health.”