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Maria Menounos reveals battle with pancreatic cancer

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Maria Menounos secretly battled pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

In an interview for People published on Wednesday, the TV host revealed that she underwent surgery to have a nearly four-centimetre mass removed from her pancreas in January.

Last June, Maria began experiencing leg cramps and “excruciating abdominal pain”, with doctors unable to find a cause at first. However, after the star underwent a full body scan, experts discovered a stage 2 pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour.

“I’m like, ‘How in the freaking world can I have a brain tumour and pancreatic cancer?'” she recounted, referring to the surgery she underwent to remove a benign brain tumour in 2017. “You can’t let fear get in the way. I had that moment where I thought I was a goner – but I’m OK because I caught this early enough.”

In February, Maria announced that she and her husband Keven Undergaro were expecting their first child, a daughter, via surrogate.

And now that she has recovered from the surgery, the 44-year-old is completely focused on her impending arrival.

“God granted me a miracle. I’m going to appreciate having her in my life so much more than I would have before this journey,” added Maria.

– Cover Media