Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international anchor, has revealed that she has been battling ovarian cancer.
Amanpour disclosed this on Monday, when she told viewers that the reason she recently took a break from work was because she pinched it in the bud with “successful major surgery”.
The veteran broadcaster expressed confidence about the outcome of the surgery, even as she begins several months of chemotherapy.
“I’ve had successful major surgery to remove it, and I am now going through several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible longterm prognosis, and I am confident,” she said.
“I am telling you this in the interest of transparency, but really as a shout out to most early diagnosis.
“I 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.”
The 63-year-old has been a longtime face at CNN, since the international 24-hour news channel was launched in 1980.
She worked there from 1983 to 2010, then left for a brief stint at ABC News, where she anchored This Week.
She, however, returned to CNN in 2012.
Bianna Golodryga has filled in for her on the programme in her absence.