“Growing Pains” star Joanna Kerns shared that she underwent a double mastectomy last year.
The 64-year-old opened up for the first time about her cancer diagnosis last year, revealing that in December she underwent a double mastectomy after two lummpectomies to avoid risking radiation, People reported.
Joanna Kerns is getting candid about her bout with breast cancer.
Kerns had the surgery just one week for her “Growing Pain” co-star Alan Thicke’s death.
“Had I not caught my cancer this early on, I would have had to have a year of chemotherapy, and because of the reoccurrence and aggressiveness of this particular type of cancer, which was non-invasive HER2, I chose to do the mastectomy,” she told People.
The actress had now been given the “all clear,” which she describes as “the best of the results I could have had.”
Kerns told the mag that diagnosis was a surprise because she had no family history of the disease nad had regulary screenings and exams.
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“This time I had missed a couple of years in there due to work and family issues, and suddenly I turn around, and it’s two years later, and I hadn’t done it and I have cancer ,” she explained. “It was quite shocking.”
The actress, who famously played Maggie Seaver on the ABC sitcom, spoke of the loss of her dear co-star Thicke just one month after her surgery.
“It was so devastating,” Kerns said. “It was just a very, very hard time.”