By Lanford Beard
Updated October 20, 2011 at 04:20 PM EDT

Three days after Giuliana Rancic revealed she was battling breast cancer, the E! news anchor is in recovery from a double lumpectomy, says her husband Bill Rancic. Bill gave Today show anchor Ann Curry a detailed account of his wife’s experience as she prepared for surgery Tuesday. “She’s a trouper,” he said. “She pulled through it and was kind of relieved to get it over with and get the cancer out.” Rancic said his wife is doing well at home, joking, “I’m adding nurse to my resume now. She’s having a lot of fun with that.” See what else he had to say after the jump.

Rancic acknowledged the difficult year he and his wife have had as they’ve tried to conceive their first child together, which was documented on their reality show Giuliana and Bill. He told Curry, “I wish I could carry some of the load. I wish I could take some of the pain away” Ironically, it was Giuliana’s regular doctor’s appointments that resulted in her early discovery of the cancer. Still, Bill admitted, “Watching her getting wheeled into that operating room was heartbreaking for me.”

With the worst part behind them, he remains optimistic as they head into a post-op check-up with Giuliana’s doctor tomorrow. “It’s funny when you go through a situation like this, it kind of turns the volume down on all the things that really aren’t that important,” Rancic said. He added that Giuliana hopes to return to work at E! next week and said the couple is excited for the possibilities that lie ahead. “We[‘re going to] kick off 2012 with a new outlook on life, and we’re ready to take on the world.”

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