Amy Robach can't wait to get back to work at ABC News following the double mastectomy she had last week, she says, but she still has more cancer treatments ahead of her.
The 40-year-old correspondent's breast cancer was discovered through a mammogram she underwent on "Good Morning America" a month earlier.
Robach revealed that a second malignant tumor had been detected during her mastectomy, according to The Associated Press
. Because the cancer spread to a lymph node, she said she will need further treatment.
She says she expects to come back to work the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram on live TV Oct. 1 after some words of encouragement from colleague Robin Roberts: "If one life is saved by early detection, it's all worth it." But she had no idea that the "one life" would be her own.
Robach later announced on "Good Morning America" that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I am so, so lucky because you guys pushed me into that [mobile] Mammo-Van and thank God you did because, I know me, and I wasn’t in any rush to have that done anytime soon," Robach told her ABC co-workers on-air Monday. "I had cancer the whole time we were sitting in that office and I was saying 'I don’t have a connection to the disease, should I be the one to do this?' and wow. Oh boy… ABC News saved my life."
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Robach was to undergo a bilateral mastectomy and only then would she know the stage of cancer and whether it had spread in her body. But, she said she's ready for a fight.
"I am mentally and physically as prepared as anyone can be in this situation," Robach wrote in a column for ABCNews.com
. "I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self-exam. No excuses. It is the difference between life and death."
Robach's co-workers and viewers showed an outpouring of support on Twitter following her emotional announcement.
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