Some sad news regarding the health of Rita Wilson was revealed today.
Tom Hanks’ wife of twenty-five years, Rita Wilson, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.
"I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue. Last week, with my husband [Hanks] by my side, and with the love and support of my family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma," the actress and singer, 58, shared with People magazine.
Wilson continued, "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 mother of Chester and Truman with Tom Hanks and stepmother to Colin and Elizabeth also revealed, "I have had an underlying condition of LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ) which has been vigilantly monitored through early mammograms and breast MRIs. Recently, after two surgical breast biopsies, PLCIS (pleomorphic carcinoma in situ) was discovered. I mention this because there is so much unknown about PLCIS and it is often found alongside DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). I was relieved when the pathology showed no cancer."
"However," she said, "a friend who had had breast cancer suggested I get a second opinion on my pathology and my gut told me that was the thing to do. A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma. 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."
Wilson concluded, "I feel blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors and that I am the beneficiary of advances in the field of breast cancer and reconstruction. I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health. I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right."
Our thoughts are with Rita and her family during this time. And as so many celebrities have said before, early detection is key.