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Maria Menounos quits E! after receiving brain tumour diagnosis

The TV host, whose mother is battling brain cancer has said that she underwent surgery herself on June 8 to remove a benign growth

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04 July 2017

Television presenter Maria Menounos has just quit from her E! News hosting duties after being diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumour.

The news came in February while her mother Litsa is battling stage four brain cancer.

The 39-year-old TV Greek American star has undergone surgery, revealing to People magazine that 99.9 per cent of the tumour was removed during a procedure which took seven hours.

"[My doctor] said there's a six to seven percent chance that we'll see it come back…But I'll take those odds any day," Menounos told in an interview.

She also took to Instagram to inform her fans of her decision to stop working and focus on recovery as she still hasn't regained full balance and face mobility. 

Photo: www.instagram.com

The TV host wrote in the photo caption:

"First I wanna say thank you all for the well wishes, prayers and support. It's been a crazy time here in our home. I want you all to know that I'm ok! Seriously I'm recovering well and should be as good as new very very soon! Luckily I don't need any further treatments but I can't say the same about my mom. So please keep her in your prayers. I also want to thank @people for allowing me to share my story. @juliejordanc & @mrjesscagle THANK YOU' Next-I need to thank everyone at @cedarssinai everyone there has been amazing. Most people want to rush out of the hospital to get home I kept saying I've never been treated kinder. I cried like a baby saying goodbye to the amazing nurses who took such good care of me. God bless nurses! I of course need to thank dr black and dr Chu for performing an amazing surgery and giving me the best bday gift ever-my health. And lastly, god has blessed me in so many ways but this too was a blessing. I got to hear what I have meant to my friends and family-it's been quite moving for me. I want thank all of my incredible friends, family and even strangers who have shown me and my family such kindness. @alyssawallerce Thank you for being with me every step of the way. I couldn't have done it without you. @iamjoegear You too! And to @undergaro the best nurse in the world..you never left the hospital and slept by my side there. you are my everything and I'm so thankful to you. You and dad have really been incredible to mom and me. You both have inspired me. I've never been more excited about life. I see so much so clearly. Will share more with all of you soon! Xo"

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