"Last time I came and I shared with you some very bad news, but this time I'm coming to share with you that my doctors have said I am cancer free and I am ready to go."
Lee explained to Robin Roberts that while she was going to wait to decide if she wanted to receive reconstruction surgery, her decision to undergo a double mastectomy was a no-brainer.
The chef revealed she had a conversation with her doctor after a New York Times article on treating cancer sparked a discussion. She elaborated:
"It was a front-page article about how to deal with DCIS and-or early stages of cancer and how you should have a wait-and-see approach, which is absolutely ridiculous. Why we would consider negotiating with cancer is beyond me. Let's just wait and see what it does. It's like a terrorist that lives inside your body and we're going to wait and see what it does? We know what it's going to do."
The 49-year-old, who is now a Stand Up to Cancer ambassador, urged women to take advantage of early detection technologies and treatments — which are readily available thanks to the "beautiful leaders" that developed early detection. Lee added:
"The researchers and the doctors and the nurses and the other warriors, not just breast cancer for all cancer, that came before us and that sacrificed their lives so that we could have early detection. It's only respectful to ourselves and to their work and what they gave up for us to get our tushies in there and get it diagnosed and then cut it out and take care of it."
We totally agree and couldn't be happier for Sandra's clean bill of health! Watch a clip of the interview (below) to find out how she made a statement with her Emmys dress!