'Dancing With the Stars' Host Brooke Burke: I Have Thyroid Cancer

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Brooke Burke is preparing for a battle — with thyroid cancer.

After a routine physical this summer revealed a nodule in her thyroid, Burke sought out a biopsy. "My results...were atypical, which means that the doctor couldn't confirm whether the nodule is cancerous or benign," the Dancing with the Stars host explains in a video on ModernMom.com. "So I had to go in and do a whole bunch of additional tests," including "an ultrasound and ... I had like seven needles stuck into my neck one day."

Then Burke got the dreaded phone call "with bad news," she recalls.

"I got my results back and they were not good ... It's taken me a couple of months to really wrap my head around this ... You go into denial," said Burke, 41. "I'm so used to being in control ... and now I find myself in this really out of control situation. I didn't tell anyone. [But] now I'm good, and I'm ready to deal with it."

After digesting her diagnosis, Burke says she's preparing to go under the knife.

"I need to have thyroid surgery and a thyroidectomy, which means that I'm going to have a nice big scar right here across my neck," she revealed. "And I don't get to walk around and pretend like nothing happened, or not follow up, or not share it because it's going to be pretty much dead center [of my neck]."

But despite the long road ahead, Burke — a mother of four — is ready to brave the treatment.

"I feel really, really strong," she said. "I feel really good. I've actually have never felt better, that's what's so crazy about this whole thing ... I'm going to fight through this. As crazy as it is, my head is in the right place."

"Here's the way I see it: I'm just going to make a positive out of this negative thing," she added. "I'm going to be a really good patient and I'm going to do everything that I need to do with my surgery.... Doctors say this is a good kind of cancer to have. That sounds so crazy. But my doctor did tell me that this is a happily-ever-after ending kind of thing."

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  • pressthesnooze

    My sister just had thyroid cancer surgery. Its probably more common than people think. I was really shocked to see how big the scar was from the first surgery(biopsy). But good thing is that it is quite treatable.

  • AnaMaria

    I am 33 yrs old.... I was diagnosed goin on four years ago. I have the same beautiful scar!!.. Except for the wonderful temperature changes and weight changes I'm good!! Maybe now that a celebrity had it more attention will be given to this cancer. It is still a cancer but us kinda put in background. Thank you again!!!

  • Patricia Lauer Presti
    Patricia Lauer Presti

    Brooke, My now 41 yr. old daughter Vicki was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 24. She lives in Oregon and I in Michigan. She underwent surgery for I/2 of her thyroid removal and then 8 weeks later the second 1/2 was removed. You can imagine as a mother how frightening that was. She now still lives in Oregon is a RN married with two beautiful son's. I am also a 25 yr. breast cancer survivor. There is life after cancer and it it wonderful. My prayers are with you! Patricia Presti, Richmond, MI.