CNN’s Amanpour Announces Cancer Diagnosis


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Longtime CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour announced on her show that she underwent surgery after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

“I’ve had successful major surgery to remove it, and I’m now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible long-term prognosis, and I’m confident,” she said in a monologue at the beginning of her show.

Amanpour had been absent for four weeks due to the cancer diagnosis, and will be anchoring the show three days a week until she takes a previously-planned hiatus of three weeks, CNN reported.

“I’m telling you this in the interest of transparency but in truth really mostly as a shoutout to early diagnosis,” she added, going on to say that she urged “women to educate themselves on this disease; to get all the regular screenings and scans that you can; to always listen to your bodies, and of course to ensure that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.”

Amanpour also spoke about her diagnosis and plans for the future Tuesday morning on ABC

Below is a transcript of her interview, via Grabien:

AMANPOUR: “I’m Christiane Amanpour, back in the seat from London.”

RESHEF (voice-over): “Veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour sharing news of her own at the top of her show Monday.”

AMANPOUR: “I have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.”

RESHEF (voice-over): “The long-time chief international anchor for CNN revealing her ovarian cancer diagnosis after taking time off, calling the last few weeks a bit of a roller coaster.”

AMANPOUR: “I have had successful major surgery to remove it, and I’m now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible long-term prognosis.”

RESHEF (voice-over): “Amanpour using her platform to urge women to be proactive when it comes to their health.”

AMANPOUR: “I’m telling you 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 bodies, and of course, to ensure that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.”

RESHEF (voice-over): “For ‘Good morning America,’ Erielle Reshef, ABC News, New York.”

ROBERTS: “Our thanks to Rrielle. Of course, we are thinking of Christiane Amanpour. Let’s bring in our chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton. I admire her and have such great respect, even more so now for her reasons for being so transparent.”

ASHTON: “Yeah.”

ROBERTS: “What are — so many are diagnosed.”

ASHTON: “Right.”

ROBERTS: “What are the signs? What to look for?”

ASHTON: “Well, Robin, lifetime risk is about 1 in 78 for women to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The big three symptoms because they can be very vague, abdominal pain or pelvic pain or bloating, increased urination. If these last for more than half the month, you want to alert the gynecologist, and again, talk about the fact that it could possibly be ovarian cancer.”

ROBERTS: “And part of the reason Christiane said she came forward is because she said early detection can help you. What about screening and should you ask for ultrasound?”

ASHTON: “New York City you shouldn’t. There is no screening test for ovarian cancer. What we use is a good history, talking to the patient, listening to them, them knowing their bodies. Then individualized and targeted use of pelvic ultrasounds or sonograms in conjunction markers. This is not one-size-fits-all, and it is not recommended for all women.”

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ROBERTS: “Is there something that we as women can do to decrease the likelihood of being diagnosed?”

ASHTON: “This is important and life-saving information for women. Some of these things are under our control. Some of them are not.”

ROBERTS: “Right.”

ASHTON: “The things that are under our control, use of birth control pills, oral contraceptions, lower a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer. Even in the setting of a gay woman by the way. Multiple full-term pregnancies, removal of fallopian tubes O for a tubal ligation, and seeing they carry a mutation that is a women’s risk. This is important information, and I give her so much props to bring this to people’s awareness.”

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