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Kathy Bates Fighting Breast Cancer, Had Double Mastectomy

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Sep. 12 2012, Published 7:30 a.m. ET

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Oscar winning actress Kathy Bates took to Twitter Wednesday morning to make a startling revelation – she’s been fighting breast cancer for the past two months and has undergone a double mastectomy.

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

The 64-year-old Bates – who survived ovarian cancer nine years ago – is apparently keeping her sense of humor about her condition, adding:  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.

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In an interview with People, the Misery star talked more in depth about her illness.

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"Luckily, I don't have to undergo radiation or chemo," she said. "My family call me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception."

Bates -- nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for her role in NBC’s Harry's Law -- is expected to attend the awards show September 23 in Los Angeles.

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