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ABC's Robin Roberts Has Breast Surgery

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August 3, 2007 11:48 PM EST | AP

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NEW YORK — "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts had "very successful" surgery for breast cancer Friday and has left the hospital for home, ABC said.

Roberts, 46, revealed her diagnosis to viewers Tuesday. She said doctors believed they had caught the cancer early.

"The tests following her surgery take some time to process, so when we have more information we will update you," said ABC News spokeswoman Bridgette Maney. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Robin."

Roberts' mother and sisters traveled from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans to be with her for the surgery. The former college basketball star and sportscaster grew up in Pass Christian, Miss.

The family has asked Roberts' friends and the public to respect her need for a private, quiet recovery time.

"I'm blessed with the medical care I am getting," Roberts told the Sun Herald newspaper of Mississippi this week.

"I work for a company that says 'Just whatever you need,' and I'm grateful. But that just is not the way it is for everyone. It shouldn't be a privilege I have; it should be everyone's right."

In mid-July, before she knew she had cancer, Roberts agreed to be keynote speaker at an Aug. 29 Pink Heart fundraiser in Biloxi, Miss. Roberts, who has been actively helping with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, had planned to be on the coast that day for the "GMA" broadcast of the hurricane's second anniversary.

The nonprofit Pink Heart Fund was conceived when JoAn Niceley, a hair stylist and cancer survivor, realized that cancer patients who had already lost much because of Katrina were having difficulty getting wigs and breast prostheses.

Roberts has said she will still be the Pink Heart keynoter.

She has been an anchor at "GMA" since 2005.

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