Christiane Amanpour is on the long road back to good health after revealing in June that she’s been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
The famed journalist told Good Morning America on Wednesday that she will be undergoing her final round of chemotherapy on Thursday. “Tomorrow is my last session after 18 weeks,” the CNN anchor said. She went on to call the whole process “grueling, fatiguing, tiring, and emotionally wearing as well, not to mention physically and can be scary.” But she added that she’s been “so lucky” to receive some of the best cancer treatment available, which included stints at The Royal Marsden in London, the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She also thanked all the people who have taken care of her during this difficult time, saying, “Two unbelievable women, a surgeon and [an] oncologist who looked after me, the incredible support of my friends, my family, my colleagues, my bosses — and that has carried me through.”
She added that without the early detection by her doctor, she never would have made it this far. “I would not be swayed when I felt a pain that was unusual and I pursued it to the very end of getting my very first ultrasound, which is the benchmark for then having a baseline to know whether you’ve caught it early in time, and therefore cure it — and I use that word advisedly — or not. And whether then you’re left to manage it and try to deal with it in the best way possible. I was in the first case,” Amanpour explained.
She first revealed her diagnosis during a segment on her CNN show, saying that while the experience leading up to this moment had been “a bit of a roller coaster,” “I’ve had successful major surgery to remove it, and I am now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible long-term prognosis. I’m also fortunate to have health insurance through work, and incredible doctors who are treating me in a country underpinned by of course, the brilliant NHS.” Amanpour concluded, “I’m telling you this in the interest of transparency, but in truth, really, mostly, as a shoutout to early diagnosis. To urge women to educate themselves on this disease; to get all the regular screenings and scans that you can; to always listen to your body; and to of course, to ensure that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.”
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