ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Food Network star Sandra Lee plans to head home this weekend following a hospitalization for complications from a recent surgery for breast cancer.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Lee’s longtime boyfriend, said Friday that Lee would be leaving the hospital over the weekend. In a posting on her Facebook page, a representative for Lee said the “Semi-Homemade Cooking” star will remain on “heavy antibiotics” as she continues to fight an infection.
“She will be fine,” Cuomo said on NY1. “Her spirits are good. She’s a very ‘up’ personality. She’s tough and she’s a fighter.”
According to the Facebook posting, Lee, 49, may face additional surgery next week after doctors review her progress. Lee was rushed to the hospital Tuesday in the latest complication since she had a double mastectomy in May after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.
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“Sandra was hoping to avoid any further operations until her final reconstruction,” the representative posted. “She has had an incredibly difficult road of it… the first course of action is to get the infection identified and under control.”
Cuomo was attending a Billy Joel concert Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island and had taken the stage to introduce Joel, a friend, shortly before he learned of Lee’s hospitalization. He left the concert early and has since stayed close to Lee and held few public events.
The Democratic governor thanked Lee’s fans and the everyday New Yorkers who he said had sent messages of support.
“This is a long road,” Cuomo said, noting that besides the cancer and recovery there’s the emotional impact of surgery and surgical reconstruction. “It’s a terrible disease. … I have tremendous respect for the women who have dealt with this.”
Lee is a cookbook author, magazine publisher and television chef. Lee and Cuomo share a home in Westchester County.