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Giuliana Rancic is a trouper, husband says

Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic celebrates New Year's

Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic celebrates New Year's Eve 2011 in Times Square in Manhattan. (Dec. 31, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Bill Rancic said Thursday that his wife, E! News host Giuliana Rancic, was resting at home after undergoing a double lumpectomy for her recently announced breast cancer.

"It was kind of a long day . . . There're many steps to the process," Rancic, 40, told "Today" co-anchor Ann Curry.

"The surgery lasted about two hours, and she's a trouper; she pulled through it and was kind of relieved to get it over with and get the cancer out and is doing well at home . . . I'm adding nurse to my resume now," the real-estate developer joked.

"Watching her being wheeled into that operating room was heartbreaking for me," Bill Rancic said.

The couple expect to receive a report Friday. In the meantime, Giuliana, 37, planned to return to work next week, her husband said. "She's really viewing life a little bit differently," he added. "It's funny -- when you go through a situation like this, it kind of turns the volume down on the things that aren't really that important."

One positive that has come out of this ordeal, he said, was the number of emails he's received from men and women both who have become newly conscious of the importance of mammograms and early cancer detection.

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