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Giuliana Rancic "doing well" after breast cancer surgery

Bill and Giuliana Rancic attend the 18th Annual QVC "FFANY Shoes On Sale" on Oct. 13, 2011, in New York. Getty

(CBS) Giuliana Rancic is home and recovering after undergoing a double lumpectomy as part of her breast cancer treatment, her husband, Bill Rancic, said Thursday.

"Giuliana is a trooper. She pulled through it," he said on the "Today" show of the two-hour surgery. "She's relieved to have it over with and get the cancer out. She's doing well at home and recovering - and I'm adding nurse to my resume. She's having fun with that."

The "E! News" co-host, 37, announced Monday that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which was discovered when she had a mammogram before going through a third round of IVF treatments.

"Giuliana has had a tough year and a half. Between the IVF attempts and now with this, I wish I could carry some of the load," Rancic said. "Watching her being wheeled into the [operating room] was heartbreaking for me."

But, he added, "We're viewing this as a gift. It was caught accidentally, very, very early."

Rancic told "Today" co-anchor Ann Curry that his wife hopes to return to work next week, and will start radiation treatment soon.

"She's really viewing life a little bit differently," he said. "It's funny when you go through a situation like this, it really turns the volume down on the things that really aren't that important."

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