12/27/2011 AT 07:05 PM EST
Two weeks after undergoing a double mastectomy
and reconstructive surgery, Giuliana Rancic was back on the set at E! News
"Even though I moved a tad slower than usual today, everyone welcomed me back with open arms and it was a wonderful homecoming," she says in a statement on the network's Web site
Rancic, 37, had the surgery Dec. 13 after lumpectomies failed to eradicate her breast cancer.
"It feels great to be back at work," she says. "I wasn't sure whether I was going to return to E! News
this week or after the new year. The last thing I wanted to do was rush my recovery."
She adds: "Thankfully, I've been feeling better every single day since surgery and this weekend my doctors gave me the green light to get back to work."