Howard Stern's sidekick Robin Quivers Monday revealed it was a battle with cancer that forced her to do their Sirius XM radio show from home rather than in the studio for more than a year.
Quivers, 61, explained on air that in May 2012, doctors discovered a grapefruit-sized mass she soon learned was a tumor grown out of uterine tissue. Her best-case scenario, she was told, was that if she survived surgery to remove the tumor, her quality of life would be severely diminished. And if surgeons had found her cancer had spread, they would not have gone further with the operation.
An emotional Quivers told Stern that as she was breaking the news to him, "before that conversation was over, I realized how much I meant to you. I started to consider living in ways I never thought I would because you loved me so much."
"I gotta be honest, I thought she was a goner," Stern told listeners. "I can't tell you how dire everything seemed."
With the care of Dr. Carol Aghajanian at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Dr. David Agus from UCLA, Quivers emerged from a 12-hour surgery with the mass removed -- and responded so well to radiation and chemotherapy, she added, that aside from losing her since-regrown hair, she suffered virtually no side effects.
Through follow-up surgery and treatment, she missed only two days on air. "It never occurred to me not to be on the air," Quivers said. "When I was on the air, I was pain-free."