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Maura Tierney: Cancer Made Me Realize the Importance of Family

Maura Tierney: Cancer Battle Made Me Realize the Importance of Family

Originally posted 07/11/2012 07:00PM

When Maura Tierney was diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer in 2009, she kept the details of her treatment relatively private – until now.

"I remember thinking, 'I'm so young, this can't be happening,' " Tierney, 47, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue, on newsstands now. "It was an odd moment."

After undergoing a skin-sparing mastectomy – a procedure that leaves the skin intact for reconstructive surgery – Tierney was shocked to learn that she also required three months of regular chemotherapy.

"It's not fun. You don't feel well," says the actress, who now works as a spokeswoman for Amgen's Chemotherapy: Myths or Facts campaign. But "if you take care of yourself and exercise, it helps. Exercising is extremely important."

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Maura Tierney: I Was 'So Scared' to Find Breast Tumor | Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney: I Was 'So Scared' to Find Breast Tumor

Originally posted 09/09/2010 07:10PM

Maura Tierney played a convincing health care professional for 10 years on ER, but when it came time to manage her own health, she was paralyzed with fear.

"I was so, so scared of going to the doctor," Tierney tells Parade of the day she found a lump in her breast. "I felt something, and my boyfriend at the time made me go. He said, 'You've got to take care of this,' because I was afraid. That's one thing I will say: Don't be afraid to go to the damn doctor. Just go!"

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Producer Hopeful Maura Tierney Returning to Television | Maura Tierney


Producer Hopeful Maura Tierney Returning to Television

Originally posted 12/18/2009 03:50PM

Maura Tierney, who left TV's Parenthood after having surgery to remove a breast tumor, may be well enough later next year to return to her other show, Rescue Me.

At a Hollywood Radio and Television Society luncheon for top show producers on Wednesday, Rescue Me executive producer Peter Tolan told PEOPLE he was making plans to bring her back for the seventh season.

"We are just about finished writing the entire sixth season, which is about 10 episodes, and then there are nine more" for Season 7, he says, "so we know we're going to bring back Maura Tierney, because we loved her and she loved us, which is even more fulfilling."

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Cancer Forces Maura Tierney Off New Show | Maura Tierney


Cancer Forces Maura Tierney Off New Show

Originally posted 09/11/2009 08:30AM

Having revealed in July she was undergoing surgery for removal of a breast tumor, Maura Tierney has now withdrawn from her upcoming series Parenthood, say trade reports.

The star's spokeswoman told the Hollywood Reporter that the former ER actress, 44, is "deeply disappointed" not to be participating in the NBC show, and that "Ms. Tierney and her doctors remain confident that the outcome of her treatments will be positive."

On the show, which is based on the 1989 movie that starred Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen, Tierney was to have played a sister-in-law role, which Dianne Wiest performed in the movie. The TV version will star Peter Krause, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.

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Maura Tierney Seeks Tumor Treatment


Maura Tierney Seeks Tumor Treatment

Originally posted 07/13/2009 02:35PM

Maura Tierney revealed Monday that she will be having surgery to remove a breast tumor.

"In an effort to guard my privacy, it seems that the wording of NBC's press release has unfortunately caused some confusion and undue alarm about my health," Tierney, 44, said in a statement regarding her "illness," which NBC Universal announced Friday was delaying production of her new series, Parenthood.

"I have discovered a tumor in my breast which requires surgery. I will not know either my exact diagnosis or course of treatment until that surgery is performed. My doctors have all assured me this is a very treatable condition," the statement read.

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Maura Tierney Goes from ER to the Firehouse

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Maura Tierney Goes from ER to the Firehouse

Originally posted 04/03/2009 08:05AM

On the night ER's County General shut its doors for good, Maura Tierney hit the town in support of her new show, the FX firefighter drama Rescue Me.

At Thursday's New York season-five premiere and Rescue Me Comedy Tour, benefiting the Leary Firefighters Foundation, Tierney, 44, told PEOPLE of the ER finale, "I haven't seen it. I'm TiVoing it. There was a party this weekend, so I got to see everybody and say goodbye." And, she adds with a laugh, "I've moved on!"

Indeed, after starring opposite her on-air husband, Goran Visnjic, she'll play a potential love interest for Denis Leary's Rescue Me character, Tommy Gavin.

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ER Star Maura Tierney, Husband Split | Maura Tierney

ER Star Maura Tierney, Husband Split

Originally posted 07/28/2006 01:45PM

ER actress Maura Tierney has filed for divorce from her husband of 13 years.

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New Stars in 'ER'

Originally posted 01/28/1999 12:00AM

In an effort to shore up sagging ratings, "ER" will soon welcome Rebecca DeMornay, Alan Alda and Maura Tierney to the halls of County General Memorial Hospital. Variety reports that DeMornay ("The Hand That Rocks the Cradle") has signed on to make her first foray into series TV with an initial five-episode story arc. (Alda will also appear in five episodes, while Tierney is in the final stages of negotiations about her guest shot.) Debuting on the "ER" season premiere, DeMornay will play a socialite who becomes romantically entangled with Noah Wyle's character.

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