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

By: Cory Lopez / November 8, 2012

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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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