By Hillary Busis
September 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM EDT

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates has undergone a double mastectomy to battle her recently diagnosed breast cancer — nine years after surviving a brush with ovarian cancer. “After much consideration, I underwent a double mastectomy,” Bates revealed to People, explaining that she was diagnosed with breast cancer several weeks ago. “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.”

Bates won’t let her illness slow her down. According to the magazine, she is “looking forward to getting back to work” and attending Sept. 23’s Primetime Emmy Awards, where she’ll compete for both outstanding actress in a drama (for her starring role on Harry’s Law) and outstanding guest actress in a comedy (for her role as Charlie Sheen’s ghost on Two and a Half Men).

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