Kathy Bates undergoes mastectomy to remove breast cancer

Updated: Sep 14, 2012, 08:52 AM IST

Los Angeles: Oscar-winning actress Katy Bates has undergone a double mastectomy to remove breast cancer.

The 64-year-old actress has survived ovarian cancer nine years ago but received the news that she had breast cancer several weeks ago, reported People magazine.

"Sorry for the long silence. I was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago and am recovering from a double mastectomy," Bates tweeted.

"After much consideration, I underwent a double mastectomy. Luckily, I don`t have to undergo radiation or chemo. My family call me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception," she said.

The veteran actress is looking positively to the future, saying, "My doctors have assured me I`m going to be around for a long time. I`m looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do."

Having appeared in films such as `Titanic` and `PS I Love You`, Bates won the Academy Award for `Misery` (1990).

More recently she has appeared in such films as `The Day the Earth Stood Still` and `The Blind Side`, as well as TV series `Six Feet Under` and `The Office`.

Emmy-nominated this year for her role as the feisty Harriet Korn in `Harry`s Law`, Bates earned a second citation for her guest slot on `Two and a Half Men`.