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Sharon Osbourne says her cancer has spread

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If the first season of MTV’s ”The Osbournes” was a real-life family sitcom, the next season is shaping up to be a medical drama. Matriarch Sharon Osbourne, who learned she had colon cancer on July 1 and had surgery to treat it two days later, has learned that the cancer has spread beyond her colon, she says in an interview in the new issue of People magazine. She says she plans to undergo a three-month regimen of chemotherapy that, unlike her surgery, will be filmed for the show.

Osbourne, 49, says she first learned of her ailment just three weeks ago, after husband Ozzy urged her to see a doctor for the first time in three years. (He had just had two benign polyps removed from his own colon.) When told she had colon cancer, Sharon reacted with shock, then with her characteristic raunchy humor. ”Why’d they have to find it in my bum, of all places?” she tells People. ”It’s embarrassing. I mean, why couldn’t I have had a cute heart-shaped polyp on my vagina?” Ozzy, however, was less sanguine, she says. ”He was hysterical, just terrified. The doctor had to come over and sedate him.”

Sharon had a foot-long section of her colon removed in a four-hour operation on July 3, and her publicist said at the time that she was expected to recover fully. Five days later, however, she learned that doctors had found cancerous cells in one of two lymph nodes removed during the surgery, indicating that the cancer had spread. Still, she says, she urged Ozzy, who had postponed the first two dates on his Ozzfest tour to be by her side during her recovery, to hit the road and start the tour. ”It was hard for me to leave the house,” he tells People. ”I just wanted to hold her.” She’ll start the chemotherapy on July 29.

Like Ozzy, Sharon is a recovering alcoholic. She also had a poor diet for many years and weighed as much as 224 pounds. ”My vice is that I like crap food. I’m a connoisseur of junk,” she tells People. In 1999, she had gastric bypass surgery that shrunk her stomach and helped her lose 95 pounds. While doctors say that operation didn’t increase her risk of cancer, her drinking and fatty diet did. ”I can’t regret whatever’s in the past,” she says.

Though doctors have called her prognosis ”very, very good,” Ozzy is still worried. ”I’ve always had a plan that I’d get sick before she did, that I’d die before she did. But my plan didn’t work out. She’s my soulmate. If anything did happen to her first, I wouldn’t get married again. Sharon and Ozzy, we’re a team,” he says. ”Life has a way of kicking you in the nuts.” Sharon, however, says, ”I have a million more things I’m going to do. And I’m not going anywhere.”

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