Angelina Jolie planning more surgery to remove ovaries
Published 15/05/2013 | 16:51
Angelina Jolie is reportedly set to undergo more surgery to further reduce the risk of her developing cancer.
The Hollywood actress revealed on Tuesday that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy. The star went through the three-month procedure after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene which dramatically increases a woman's risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
In the New York Times article, entitled My Medical Choice, Angelina revealed that her doctors predicted she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer.
Now People magazine are reporting that the 37-year-old star is also planning to undergo surgery to remove her ovaries.
The US publication writes that the actress is considering the operation, although "some doctors recommend patients undergo the surgery by age 40 or when a woman is done having children" as it may trigger early menopause.
Angelina lost her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to ovarian cancer in 2007.
Meanwhile, Angelina's surgeon Dr Kristi Funk, of the Pink Lotus Breast Center, has blogged in detail about the main stages of the star's treatment.
In an open article on the centre's website, Dr Funk revealed that the actress was in good spirits after the operation to remove her breasts.
“On day four after her mastectomies, I was pleased to find her not only in good spirits with bountiful energy, but with two walls in her house covered with freshly assembled storyboards for the next project she is directing. All the while she spoke, six drains dangled from her chest, three on each side, fastened to an elastic belt around her waist," she said.
"To a large extent, I believe recovery reflects expectation. Angelina expected to feel well, to be active.”
Dr Funk also revealed details of the reconstructive surgery Angelina underwent.
“The next day she had her first injection of saline into the expanders, thus beginning the process that would gradually prepare the tissues for the final stage of her operations, reconstruction. Four of the six drains were removed. Four days after that, on postoperative day nine, the last two drains were removed. A second saline fill occurred on March 4. Over the next four weeks she was hard at work," she detailed.
“The final operation occurred on April 27, 2013, ten weeks after the mastectomies: reconstruction of the breasts with implant, which went extremely well, bringing an end to her surgical journey.”
It was revealed today that Angelina and her fiancé Brad Pitt might bring their wedding forward after the star's gruelling surgeries.
"Angie is keen on a wedding and the kids are clamouring for a marriage and keep asking Brad and Angie when it's happening," a source told the MailOnline.
"Brad has been caught up in production turmoil with his new film World War Z, so there's been no wedding planning as a result, but Angie has said it will happen sooner rather than later."
Meanwhile, Angelina's father Jon Voight revealed last night that his daughter’s newspaper article was the first he knew of her surgeries.
“My love and admiration for my daughter can’t be explained in words. I saw her two days ago with my son Jamie. We all got together for his birthday, with her and Brad. But I didn’t know. It wasn’t obvious at all. I found out Tuesday morning," he said.
“I was as surprised as anyone and deeply moved by the way she’s handled this. She’s a very extraordinary person, the way she examined it and what she shared.”