Tom Hanks' wife reveals she had double mastectomy

2015-04-15 09:54

Los Angeles - Rita Wilson, wife of Hollywood star Tom Hanks, revealed that she had a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, People Magazine reported on Tuesday.

The actress and singer, 58, told People that she underwent surgery last week and that she is taking a break from her work on the Broadway stage to recover from the procedure.

"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," Wilson told the magazine.

The actress said she initially was told that she did not have cancer, but received the diagnosis after consulting a second physician.

"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."

A mother of two, Wilson said she expects to be able to return next month to her role in Fish in the Dark, a play having a successful run on Broadway.

Wilson's revelation about her cancer comes on the heels of last month's revelation by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed over fears of a hereditary form of cancer, following a double mastectomy two years ago.

Experts said the pre-emptive surgeries greatly reduced the odds that Jolie would die from the aggressive mutation of the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and aunt.

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