Kathy Bates reveals cancer battle, recovering from double mastectomy

Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM ET

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Kathy Bates.

Film and television star Kathy Bates took to Twitter Wednesday morning and explained to her fans why they haven't seen or heard from her lately. It turns out the Oscar-winning actress, who earlier this year revealed she'd been battling ovarian cancer, has been fighting breast cancer for the last two months.

"Hey All, sorry for the long silence," she tweeted. "I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 months ago & am recovering from a double mastectomy."

Despite sharing such difficult and personal news with her fans, Bates kept her sense of humor about it.

"I don't miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry's Law. ;-) Thanks for all the sweet tweets. Y’all kept me going," she wrote.

Bates explained her current condition further in a statement to TODAY: "It's no secret that I am an ovarian cancer survivor, nine years and counting. But few know that several weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After much consideration I underwent a double mastectomy. Luckily, I don't have to undergo radiation or chemo. My family call me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception. My doctors have assured me I'm going to be around for a long time. I'm looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do."

Bates is nominated for an Emmy for her role in "Harry's Law," and according to Starpulse, she still plans to attend the awards show.

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