Kathy Bates Diagnosed with Breast Cancer; Undergoes Double Mastectomy

Nine years after battling ovarian cancer, actress Kathy Bates has revealed that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and opted to undergo a double mastectomy.

The Academy Award winner, 64, revealed her decision to undergo surgery to People magazine:

“After much consideration, I underwent a double mastectomy. Luckily, 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.”

She added:

“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.”

Bates is expected to attend the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 23 — where she is nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for portraying curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer Harriet Korn on the NBC comedy-drama Harry’s Law. Kathy is also up for the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy prize for her guest spot on the season opener of Two and a Half Men.

She has not discussed plans for any potential reconstructive surgery.

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