ABC’s Good Morning America news anchor announced in November that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer after undergoing a mammogram live on the air, and said she planned to undergo a bilateral mastectomy. This morning on the show she announced, “Today marks my eighth and final round of chemotherapy…This is my final treatment. The doctors say I graduate today,” Amy Robach, 40, said in a taped piece that aired this morning on the show:
‘GMA’s Amy Robach, Diagnosed With Breast Cancer After Televised Mammogram, Announces Final Chemo Treatment: Video
Good Morning America interviewed ABC News’ Amy Robach this morning — three weeks after her double mastectomy and coinciding with her People magazine cover — to tell viewers she will undergo four months of chemo after her mastectomy revealed the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, as well as a second malignant tumor. “I’m going to work through it,” she said of the chemo, which she will begin later this month. “I saw Robin [Roberts] do it. I know how strong you were and you give me strength, Robin, because it is important to get up and have something to do each day,” she told the GMA on-air gang. Here’s a clip of Robach’s interview:
Robach’s cancer diagnosis after an on-air mammogram made news. American TV viewers have become accustomed to watching news talent having various on-air health checkups since Katie Couric’s on-air colonoscopy more than a decade ago; last month on NBC’s Today, Matt Lauer and Al Roker got on-air-but-behind-doors prostate exams.
ABC News’ Amy Robach, whose cancer diagnosis after an on-air mammogram made news, says her double mastectomy has revealed a second, previously undetected malignant tumor. “My prognosis is good, I got very lucky finding the cancer through our ABC sponsored mammogram and I got lucky choosing an aggressive approach, bilateral mastectomy, because while in surgery last week my surgeon found a second, undetected malignant tumor,” Robach said today in a memo to Good Morning America staff.
American TV viewers have become accustomed to watching morning infotainment talent having various on-air health checkups since Katie Couric had her celebrated on-air colonoscopy more than a decade ago. Most recently, Matt Lauer and Al Roker got their prostates checked on Today, and last month, ABC News’ Amy Robach got her very first mammogram on ABC’s Good Morning America as talent across the morning infotainment-show landscape plugged Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What viewers are not used to is that TV personality announcing, not long thereafter, that they have breast cancer and will have a double mastectomy. That “first” fell to Robach, a few weeks after her October 1 on-air mammogram resulted in a cancer diagnosis. On GMA this morning, and in a post on ABC.com, Robach said the mammogram was something she had agreed to do only at the request of a GMA producer, and that she had breathed a sigh of relief once it was over. The cancer concerns were not raised during that broadcast. But a few weeks later, she said, when she thought she was going back in for a few follow-up images, she learned she had breast cancer.