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OTRC: Brooke Burke-Charvet preparing for thyroid cancer surgery, thanks fans for support

Brooke Burke-Charvet appears in a still from a YouTube video she posted on November 8, 2012. (YouTube)

Brooke Burke-Charvet says she will undergo surgery soon to treat her thyroid cancer.

The 41-year-old had confirmed her diagnosis last month, saying she needed a thyroidectomy, or removal of part of all of her thyroid gland. After her announcement, she continued her work as a co-host of "Dancing With The Stars," which ended its "All-Stars" season last week. Meanwhile, a slew of fans have been sending her messages of support.

"I am touched and appreciative to all of you for sharing your positive wishes for my surgery, and for sharing many of your personal thyroid experiences," Burke-Charvet said on her Facebook page on Monday, December 3. "I really do read your comments and they all mean a lot to me. I'm getting ready this week for my surgery and am planning on a speedy recovery."

"I'll be posting some new blogs on ModernMom.com about how I've been dealing with it all and how my family has been handling it too," she added, referring to her parenting website. "What a crazy time, but I am surrounded with love and support and that really makes a world of difference. Thank you for following me and for all your thoughts and prayers. I feel it, truly, and your energy outweighs my stress! From the bottom of my heart, thank you."

She also said on Twitter: "Im amazed at how many women have stopped me In the past month to share their thyroid scars & stories. They're beauty marks & so reassuring ... Thank you so very much for all the love & prayers & positivity. I'm feeling strong. Xoxo (sic)"

The "Dancing With The Stars" co-host told fans in July that her doctor suggested she undergo a thyroid ultrasound and a biopsy, after he felt a lump in her neck during a routine physical exam.

She was previously diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disease in which a person's anitibodies attack the thyroid gland, making it unable to produce hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. Like many suffering from thyroid problems, Burke-Charvet has been taking synthetic pills to replace the hormones.

Thyroid cancer is usually treated with surgery, to remove the thyroid, and radiation, which is often administered with a radioactive iodine pill. The survival rate for those diagnosed with stage I or II thyroid cancer is close to 100 percent. Those with stage IV thyroid cancer have a survival rate between 7 and 51 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.

Burke-Charvet and husband David Charvet, a "Batwatch" actor, wed in August 2011 in a secret ceremony in St. Barts after a five-year engagement. The two are parents to a son and daughter and Burke-Charvet also has two daughters from a previous marriage.

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