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Maura Tierney Reveals She Has Breast Tumor

Jul. 13 2009, Published 7:42 a.m. ET

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Former ER star Maura Tierney has reluctantly gone public with the news she has a breast tumor "which requires surgery," the actress said in a statement. reported on July 10 that the start of production on Maura's new NBC series Parenthood was being postponed eight weeks while Tierney underwent a "medical evaluation."

But that announcement by NBC led to such rampant speculation about the exact nature of her illness, Maura decided to take control of the PR herself.

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"In an effort to guard my privacy, it seems that the wording of NBC's press release has unfortunately caused some confusion and undue alarm about my life," Tierney said.

"I have discovered a tumor in my breast which requires surgery.  I will not know either my exact diagnosis or course of treatment until that surgery is performed.  My doctors have all assured me this is a very treatable condition. I'm very optimistic as to the outcome."

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Maura starred on ER from 1999 to 2009.  Her new show, Parenthood, has been pushed back to midseason with the anticipation Tierney will be able to rejoin the cast.



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