Kathy Bates Undergoes Double Mastectomy After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Oscar winner and Emmy nominee reveals that she underwent the operation within the past several weeks but fully expects to walk the carpet at this month's awards

By Gina Serpe Sep 12, 2012 4:31 PMTags
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Kathy Bates is a survivor. Twice over.

While the 64-year-old Oscar winner only recently opened up about her hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer (a battle she won nine years ago), Bates has now revealed that she has subsequently undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer.

"It's no secret that I am an ovarian cancer survivor, nine years and counting," Bates said in a statement to E! News. "But few know that several weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After much consideration I underwent a double mastectomy.

"Luckily," she continued, "I don't have to undergo radiation or chemo. My Family call me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception. My doctors have assured me I'm going to be around for a long time.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do."

Obviously not one to be deterred from what she sets her mind to, the Emmy nominee—for both Outstanding Actress in a Drama for Harry's Law and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for Two and a Half Men—is fully expecting to walk the red carpet at the Emmy Awards Sept. 23.

And we look forward to seeing her do it.