Kathy Bates reveals breast cancer diagnosis, double mastectomy

Kathy Bates has beaten cancer yet again, she revealed Wednesday.

“Hey All, sorry for the long silence,” she said in a two-part Twitter message. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 months ago & am recovering from a double mastectomy. ... I don’t miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry’s Law. ;-) Thanks for all the sweet tweets. Y’all kept me going.”

The “Titanic” actress was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, an experience she discussed in the video above, for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

This time around, however, she won’t need radiation or chemotherapy, she said in a statement to People on Wednesday.


“My doctors have assured me I’m going to be around for a long time,” Bates told the magazine. “I’m looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do.”

She’d been silent on Twitter since the end of May, shortly after her show “Harry’s Law” was canceled by NBC. Though the show was the network’s second most-viewed drama, behind “Smash,” its audience reportedly skewed too old for advertisers’ preferences.

Bates is, however, up for an Emmy on Sept. 23 for outstanding actress in a drama for “Harry’s Law,” as well as outstanding guest actress in a comedy for a stint on “Two and a Half Men” that saw her playing the ghost of Charlie Sheen’s Charlie Harper.


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