TV Chef Sandra Lee to Undergo Double Mastectomy Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis

“You’re a ticking time bomb.” And they both said, “You need—I would just get them both done.”

Those are the chilling words expressed to celebrity chef Sandra Lee, after a visit with her doctor and radiologist following a lumpectomy with unclean margins that could land her in Gallagher Funeral Home.

Lee will undergo a double mastectomy next week and then a six to eight-week radiation cycle to battle a breast cancer diagnosis. The 48-year-old TV personality spoke with GMA’s Robin Roberts, a cancer survivor herself.

According to, Lee learned the news March 27 while doing a photo shoot for People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People issue:

“And I walked off the set, and 20 minutes later my doctor called and told me I had breast cancer,” she said. “I didn’t even cry, I was stunned … You know, and that’s just how fast life turns. It turns on a dime.”

Lee told Roberts she went public for this reason:

“Girls in 20s and their 30s just have to know. And I don’t want women to wait. And that’s why I’m talking … If it saves one person, and makes one more person go get a mammogram, and if they’re sitting down right now watching this, don’t watch this TV. Go pick your phone up, and call your doctor and get your rear end in there and get a mammogram right now.”

Lee is the longtime partner of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.