Suzanne Somers flaunting her regrown breasts after cancer leaves her husband embarrassed
Somers survived breast cancer after multiple scares and underwent an experimental procedure to reconstruct her breasts. Now, she says she's not afraid of the cancer coming back
'Three's Company' and 'Step by Step' actress Suzanne Somers has courted controversy in the past for some of her views on medical subjects and her advocacy of the Wiley Protocol, a form of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy which has been labeled by the scientific community as "unproven and dangerous."
A breast cancer survivor, the 71-year-old's promotion of alternative cancer treatments has received praise from naturopathic health practitioners but has been heavily criticized by the American Cancer Society. However, she swears by it, especially after an alternative treatment she underwent a few years ago helped her regenerate a breast!
Somers was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2000 and had a lumpectomy — surgical removal of a discrete portion of breast tissue — to remove the cancer. She also had radiation therapy, though she would forgo the chemotherapy in favor of a fermented mistletoe extract called Iscador.
Speaking to Us Magazine at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverley Hills last Saturday, the actress was elated at how well her breast had grown back. "This is a regrown breast," she said, pointing to her cleavage. "This is really mine. I went 11 years without a breast on this side."
After being misdiagnosed with inoperable cancer by six doctors in 2008, she went on to research alternative treatments to therapy, which would eventually become the basis of her book, 'Knockout.' And when the time came to think about breast reconstruction, she would similarly embrace a lesser-known method.
Somers found a doctor at the University of Tokyo who was leading a clinical trial on regeneration using stem cells, and eventually, she would become the first woman in the country to legally undergo what became known as "cell-assisted lipotransfer."
She detailed the procedure to Us, saying, "They took fat from my stomach, spun out the stem cells, discarded the weak ones, took the strong ones, injected them into this breast with, like, a turkey baster, and for a year I felt, like, electrical zippers growing the blood vessels."
The actress also spoke about how, after getting both her breasts back in 2012, she had a few awkward moments. "I have two breasts again that are mine," she said. "The first two weeks after I had it done, I was showing everybody. I’d whip it out — ‘cause I was so used to not having it. And then after two weeks, my husband [Alan Hamel] said to me, ‘You gotta stop showing people your breast!’"
Somers' support for alternative methods of treatment and custom-compounded products — her hormone regimen involved creams, injections, and some 60 supplements daily — has made her the subject of controversy.
In January 2013, she had suggested that Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza went on his shooting spree due to the level of toxins in his diet and the household cleaners he was exposed to and that those chemicals "overelectrify the brain."
Yet, she stands by these statements. "I have a new standard of care," she told Us. "I didn’t want chemical poison, I changed my diet, I eat real food, organic food only — if you can pick it, pluck it, milk it or shoot it."
She also was confident her diet meant the cancer would never recur. "I eat buttercream, sour cream, cream cheese, all organic, no hormones. I sleep eight hours a night and I don’t take any drugs," she explained. "I am in optimal life Opens a New Window. . I don’t even worry about cancer. It’s never coming back."