Maura Tierney Illness Revealed

Maura Tierney released a statement explaining what is ailing her: She’s having surgery to remove a tumor in her breast.

The ‘ER’ actress was forced to reveal her illness after NBC issued a vague press release Friday about the status of Tierney’s upcoming series, ‘Parenthood.’

“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 Monday in a statement.

“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 continues. “I’m very optimistic as to the outcome and want to thank everyone who has sent positive thoughts and support. I look forward to going back to work soon.”

NBC exposed Tierney’s illness, indirectly, on Friday when the network announced it was postponing the premiere of ‘Parenthood,’ while star Tierney sought ‘medical evaluation’ for an undisclosed issue.

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