You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

'Growing Pains' Star Joanna Kerns on Why a Double Mastectomy Was Her Only Option (Exclusive)

ETOnline logo ETOnline 10/4/2017 Alex Ungerman‍

The 64-year-old actress stopped by 'The Doctors' to open up about her potentially life-saving procedure.

For Joanna Kerns, there was no other option. 

The Growing Pains star is on Thursday's episode of The Doctors, where she opens up about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy in late 2016, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Watch the video above for an exclusive interview preview.

"I did not want to be looking over my shoulder every six months," the 64-year-old actress explains, "wondering if this cancer was back."

"Not an easy decision, but it was for me," she continues. "My husband was right there with me, he was amazing. Mastectomy was the only way to go."

On the show, Kerns also receives messages of love from members of her TV family.

Watch the video below to see what they said.

Tune in to The Doctors on Thursday to see Kerns' entire interview. Check your local listings for more information.

Gallery: 50 doctor’s own breast cancer tips (Eat This! Not That!) 50 Doctor’s Own Breast Cancer Tips: <p>By Sarah Crow</p><p>Must-know, expert advice regarding prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.</p><p>Celebrities: they’re just like us, and sometimes, it’s shocking when they are. Veep star and Seinfeld alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus—the beloved, seemingly ageless sitcom staple since the 1980s—revealed recently she has breast cancer. </p><p>“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” she <a href="">tweeted</a>. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”</p><p>Inspired by that fight, Eat This, Not That! reached out to doctors, nutritionists and other health professionals and asked them for their best tips for battling breast cancer. Read through to arm yourself, and stay healthy for life. You can also start your breast cancer prevention in the kitchen! Read up on these <a href="">30 Foods That Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer</a>.</p> 50 Doctor’s Own Breast Cancer Tips


More from ETOnline

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon