We have an update about Real Housewives of New Jersey star Amber Marchese’s health. In April, she discovered a lump during a self-examination and she underwent a surgical biopsy. The mass in her breast was determined to be cancerous which led Marchese to have a partial mastectomy. Amber had been in remission for six years when the cancer returned.
“Even though the original diagnosis demonstrated multiple tumors the chances of it recurring were very small after treatment,” Amber explained. “Ninety-five percent of the time, it doesn’t come back.”
“I can’t even begin to describe the feeling you get when someone says you have cancer,” she admits. “Then to get it again after fighting so hard. I thought it was behind me.”
During her partial mastectomy Amber had “20 millimeters of breast tissue in addition to skin adjacent to the three millimeter-cancerous tumor” removed but was surprised to learn the cancer was contained only to the lump.
“It is nothing short of a miracle,” Amber tells People. “The surrounding tissue was not cancerous. It was literally just the tumor that was cancerous. We caught it in the early stages.”
Amber is once again in remission but says she still has a “long road ahead” of her. “I am definitely going to have radiation for the next five weeks. We are still debating whether or not to do chemotherapy,” she shares.
“I want some good to come from all of this,” Amber adds, also revealing she will be blogging about her cancer journey to raise awareness, educate, and offer support. “I know others in a similar position may be afraid, confused or lost. This will be my chance to share my story and hopefully help others along the way.”
“I don’t know how or why this happened again, but I have to turn it into an opportunity to raise awareness not just about breast cancer, but about self-detection, treatment options, the importance of faith, a positive attitude, and the overall health of our bodies,” Amber writes. “I am hoping to educate and inspire others in their fight. I was blessed to find it a second time.”
Amber’s first blog is set to appear on People.com next week!
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