Sandra Lee says she celebrated her cancer-free victory with a night at the star-studded Emmys

By Maria Coder
Updated September 22, 2015 10:15 AM
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ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosA joyful Sandra Lee is opening up about her battle with breast cancer for the first time since her double mastectomy in May.

“My doctors have said I am cancer-free and I am ready to go, so I celebrated at the Emmys, of course,” the Food Network chef told Good Morning America on Tuesday.

Lee, 49, and longtime partner New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo first learned she had the disease in March and acted quickly, but she suffered a setback when an infection led to more surgery. On GMA, she said she felt liberated and attributed much of her success to early detection.

In fact, she took issue with an article in The New York Times that discussed certain procedures may not be as necessary to people dealing with cancer at its earliest stage.

“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,” she said.

Lee also defended decision to have both breasts removed. She displayed her new figure at the Emmy awards on Sunday in a plunging pink Thierry Mugler dress.

“There’s one more thing that kind of really infuriates me, and that is this perception that we’re all about the boobs. Women are not just about their boobs, which is the statement I was making when I wore that dress,” she said.

“I just wanted to say it doesn’t matter if you’re a DD [cup], which I was, or an A, which I am,” she told host Robin Roberts, who also battled and beat breast cancer.

The Semi-Homemade star said she’s putting her next steps on hold until after the Super Bowl, though she’s now become an ambassador to Stand Up To Cancer, a non-profit organization that raises funds for cancer research.

In a sit-down interview with Entertainment Tonight that also aired Tuesday, Lee said despite the complications she experienced following surgery, she’d do it all over again if needed.

“I would make that decision again,” she told ET‘s Nancy O’Dell. “There is no question in my mind. [I’m] relieved that there is no cancer left in my body and I just want to move on with my life.”