Fox Sports reporter and “Dancing with the Stars” co-host Erin Andrews revealed Tuesday that she successfully had surgery for cervical cancer last year and is free of the disease.
Andrews, 38, told the Sports Illustrated-affiliated website The MMQB that on Sept. 24, four months after a checkup and follow-up tests, she was at the New York Giants’ facility when her doctor called with the cancer diagnosis. After working the next day’s game between New York and Washington, she returned home to Los Angeles, where she missed that Monday and Tuesday’s editions of “Dancing with the Stars” — both to digest the news and to be with boyfriend Jarret Stoll, a former NHL player and one-time New York Ranger, following the auto-accident death of his teenage nephew that weekend.
Andrews said she had her first surgery Oct. 11 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, telling her oncologist, “I’m not watching any football games at home. This is Super Bowl year” for Fox, “and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.”
She said Stoll, who was by her side, told her, “Let’s not worry about that right now. Let’s just get you better.” She responded, “You wouldn’t miss a game. You’d play through any injury, do whatever it takes to get back out there. That’s going to be me.” Two days after surgery, Andrews flew to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to shoot a feature with the Packers’ Jordy Nelson.
“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews told the website. “But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”
She had a second procedure on Nov. 1, and learned 16 days later that the cancer had been removed and no radiation or chemotherapy would be required.
Andrews, who in March won a multimillion-dollar trial decision against two hotel-management companies in a cyberstalking negligence suit, recalled that, “After the trial everyone kept telling me, ‘You’re so strong, for going through all of this, for holding down a job in football, for being the only woman on the crew.’ Finally I got to the point where I believed it too. ‘Hey, I have cancer, but dammit, I am strong, and I can do this.’ ”