PHOTOS: JC Hayward Undergoes Lumpectomy

WASHINGTON ( — Usually, JC would write her own entry for this story. However, she is recovering from her lumpectomy, so she’ll be out of the office for a while.

Her surgery went really well. She went into the operating room, joking and keeping up everyone’s spirits. She never stopped smiling, all the way until she was put under by the anesthesiologist. Just before she was put under, she asked for her “Peeps” and the group of medical professionals to find her a young, single and handsome doctor for her to steal away, jokingly.

Her surgery took about an hour and 15 minutes. The surgeon cut her in three different places.

The first incision was to check to see if the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.

The second incision was to remove the the benign tumor in her breast and the surrounding tissue. Even though this tumor was not cancerous, the doctors wanted to make sure to be safe.

The third incision, also know as, the most important incision was to remove the malignant tumor from JC’s right breast. The doctor took out the tumor and it was immediately sent to the pathologist. The pathologist asked the surgeon to remove more tissue surrounding the tumor, to safely say all the cancer was removed from her breast.

After all that, the surgery was successfully concluded and she woke up shortly afterward. JC’s first question, after waking up, was “Does anyone have any lipstick?” Then, she asked if the crew had found her that young, handsome doctor she had requested.

JC is doing just fine and she’s anxious to get back to work. We here at Channel 9 and her closest friends are going to be extremely careful with our legendary anchorwoman, to make sure she gets the rest she needs before returning to her dominating role as the number one news anchor at Noon.

Please leave your comments and prayers below and on JC’s Facebook page.






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  • Penny Callan

    Hi JC,

    I’m a four year breast cancer survivor. My cancer was stage two triple negative and I had a lumpectomy, four bouts of chemo, and six weeks of radiation!

    My two cats Smokey and Midnight helped me through it all as well as support groups and physical activities!!! I did “WeCanRow” 3 years ago, do “Healing with Basketball” for the past 2 years, and last year had a blast with “Casting for Recovery”!!!!


    Pink Sisters for Ever

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    • Robin Cunningham

      Penny, I read a short story on my Kindle about Casting for Recovery, sounds like fun! I am glad you are doing well!

  • Sandra Clard

    I have watched you for years and admired you greatly. I know with prayers and good Drs. you will get through this. You are a strong person with a good outlook. Good Luck.

  • Shelly Fowler

    My prayers are with you JC. Get well soon!

  • Heather

    J.C: Thinking of you today. As Dr. Magnat did my recent lumpectomy, you are in the best hands. Now, hopfully your treatment can focus on radiation only and no chemo. However, if that is not the case and you need chemo, I recommend you look into using Penguin Caps to prevent the loss of your hair! I am using them and so far (and I’m 3/4ths of the way through the chemo treatments) no hair loss.

    I don’t look sick, and frankly don’t feel sick either! You can beat this and remember you have a team of others traveling the same path you are and we are here to provide support, share stories, etc.

  • Paulette DiPiazza

    My prayers are with you, can’t wait to see you back on the news.

  • Marko Hamlin

    I pray that she makes a full recovery, and that cancer will never enter her body again in the name of JESUS!

  • Steve Thompson

    I am confident that God gave the doctor(s) the knowledge and skills needed to remove the cancerous cells, so that you can heal and recover. I am glad you made it through surgery so well and I pray that your recovery will be as quickly as possible and without very much discomfort!! Get well soon!!

  • Margaret

    I am so touched by your courage and positive attitude through this time in your life. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Rest and come back to us, but only when you are fully recovered. Like you stated, you still have so much to do in life. God Bless You!

  • Terre Carson-Jones

    You are not alone JC we are all in this with you, much admiration to you and prayers as you recover. You may never know how many lives you have touched and ones you have saved through your bravery. But you will be blessed ;o)

  • Sharon

    Congratulations JC I am so glad you are doing so well. I was diagnoised in June with breast cancer and 2 out of three biopsy’s were cancer and it was in lymph nodes. I had my mastectomy in August and have been thru 8 chemo’s and 33 radiation treatments. I am on my way to recovery and then having my surgery to re-build or implants. I am meeting with surgeons now to determine my best choice. I have been there and it really does work on your mind and I wish you the very best.


  • Mary Ann Hopkins

    I’m saying prayers for you that everything continues to be positive. My husband had throat cancer a year and half ago (surgery, chemo & radiation). He has come out on the other side of it as I know you will too. Make sure you lean on the people that love you. I was so happy that he let me be the strong one for a while. God bless you and get well soon.
    Mary Ann

  • LaJuan Slaughter

    Ms JC Hayward, I admire your strength and courage to share your story with us & I thank you. I’m sitting here saying to myself WOW, I’ve been a little girl for a long time smiles, your smile, your inspiration and personality have been tremendous over these 30 plus years watching you as a news reporter/anchor (pardon title). Mr Cancer ruins in my family too and I must say it is very scary but, GOD is good all the time; I know he will see that your surgery is successful and that you recover just fine. It is a pleasure to get just this close to meeting you and going through this journey with you. Prayers to you Amne

  • Velma Bonhomme

    I also have watch you for years, and I had the honor of meeting you at a party for Dr, Reginald

    Elliott. May God Bless you with good health, I will continue to prayer for you. I’m looking

    forward to seeing you on the air soon!! So get lot’s of rest, and get well soon.

  • Connie Finn-Bunales

    Dear J.C.,
    I hope everything goes well for your recovery. Your wonderful positive attitude towards life will help you so much. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Brenita Young

    Prayers are going up for a complete recovery! You must get well so we can go back to the International Gem Show again! Peace and Blessings!

  • La Tonya

    JC, Get well soon I will keep you in prayer and looking forward to seeing you and your smile on tv soon!

  • Anne Herbert

    JC you are such an inspiration to so many women, even before you started this journey. Your courage and willingness to face fear in the face will uplift many that are going through or about to go through the same surgery as you. God is watching over you and has his arms wrapped around you. We love you and pray you have a speedy recovery.

  • Loretta and Ruth Walton

    Ms. Hayward, my mother and I enjoy watching you at noon, your professional manner and caring. warm smile is second to none. We want to send to you our prayers and speedy recovery in the weeks to come. You are such a strong woman to share with us this time in your life and by doing so will help so many. Thank you for sharing, we love you and will continue to pray for you.

    God Bless You

  • carolyn

    Prayers are with you. I am an 11 year survivor. Have a speedy recovery. Love Pink

  • Patricia Dickerson

    JC — been there and done that. You will be okay. With God for us – who can be against us. You are a remarkable lady and I will never forget our Kennedy Center adventure.

    Keep the failth and everything will be alright.

    Prayers and Blessings!!


  • Tracey J.

    Hi JC, By His Stripes You Are Healed! I am approaching my 4th year of being a breast cancer survivor. I had a lumpsectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. I worked throughout the whole treatment process. I am praying for your speedy recovery. Stay strong and God Bless!

  • Evelyn (Faucette) Bedjane

    I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May you be blessed with a fast recovery. I didn’t get a chance to ask you about your two little doggies. I hope they are doing well. I am sure that spending time with them during your recovery will bring you a lot of joy and comfort. And I didn’t get to tell you that I don’t live in DC or even too near to it. I live in a rural area near New Windsor Maryland. So when you feel like you want to go where no one knows your name, you are welcome to bring your doggies and take a step back in time and come to a historical one stoplight town. Just sit on the porch and have some tea. OK? Let me know when.

  • Rosson Smith

    JC, keeping you in my prayers for a smooth recover. Stay strong and be encouaged. God will see you through just as he as done before.

    Peace and Blessings!!

  • Jermal Sewell

    Ms. Hayward, my prayer for you is a recovery that’s not necessarily speedy but just the amount of time you need. Rest easy and catch up on the things the demands of work hadn’t afforded you in quite a while. God bless you and may His healing hands cover you. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

  • LDT

    Been there, done that – seven years ago, I had two lumpectomies, six rounds of chemo, and one month of radiation. it was nine months of agony, but since then, I’ve been well – as one of my nurses said, “This is a speed bump in the road of life.” I pray that you’ll have the same outcome!

  • Sankca

    JC you are a D.C. institution! I wish you a speedy recovery. I have my mamogram scheduled for this month after putting it off for many months. And by the way you don’t need any lipstick, you look really good “in the raw” even much younger and not like a woman who has just undergone radical surgery. God bless you and I look forward to seeing you back on TV.

  • Tiffane White

    JC, I’m so happy that your surgery went well and you have a great prognosis!!! I’m sending you great healing vibes for your emotional and physical health.

  • Betty S

    Have watched you for years Admire you and the things you have done for others Get well soon and get back to work.

  • Anthony

    May our Heavenly Father continue to BLESS YOU with eternal health and prosperity. You have given US so, so much that it is now OUR turn to give you. You are forever in everyones heart, and WE in the Nations Capital pray for a speedy recovery. I am the son of Mrs. Sarah L. Jones, who retired from American Security Bank on Capitol Hill, and she sends her love!

  • Tanya Watson-Butler

    Praying for a ‘COMPLETE” recovery. Rest easy while you are off. Thank and praise God for his goodness and His healing power. I will miss seeing you at noon. Be blessed. Love you with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Toni Body

    Ms. JC, I’ve been following your journey and so very PROUD of you and all the Love,faith and HOPE you have given so many. it was my journey 3 years ago and we share and “Pay it Forward” for so many as well. My signifant is a camera man Donnie Schoenmann and has been following you as well. Your SMILE says it ALLL! Thank You….Toni..D-))

  • Broadine

    Been there also. I am a 13 year survivor; had the lumpectomy, six weeks of radiation and 5 years of tamoxifien. Thank you so much for sharing the details of your experience. I know that it will inspire more women towards screening and early detection. Stay strong. And also, you look fabulous!

  • Jon Yoder


    I’m the student you granted an interview many years ago. Though you may have granted many students interviews. I sent a get-well card but don’t know if you’ll receive it. Andrea Roan said to use this email address.

    I was so sorry to hear. I was watching when you made your announcement. Now I am encouraged by the hopeful announcements since then.

    I have sent my mom various emails about how excellent and wonderful you are. I’ll be watching you and feel I just have to tell her about you. I told her, my aunt Sylvia, and my older friend Bill, a former Post editor, about your announcement and shared the hopeful updates.

    Andrea Roan just announced that you had your surgery and you’re at home. I’m glad it went well.

    It’s so good and courageous of you to share your experience.


    Jon Yoder

  • Toni Body

    I want to add on Best 4 legged love in the world…..My Yorkies as well never left my side….Hug them lot’s….xo

  • Erica Williams

    JC, as a D.C. Junior High Schooler in the mid 80′s, I presented you with an award on behalf of the Jelleff Branch Boys and Girls Club. I still have those pictures and memories of such an honor. Thank you for sharing not only your story but the candid photos, as well. They merely support what many have experienced with you over the years in person and on camera…a very genuine “celebrity.” Have a healthy recovery.

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  • Toni Body

    Ms. JC.
    There is a very special lady Ellen Kinsley a early pioneer of Protrait of Hope. I’m saying this in such a positive way …Lot’s of Love and Thank You Again.

  • Jeanette

    Hi JC, I am so happy that your surgery went well and you are in good spirits. Everyone loves you and god has watched over you during this time. May you have a speedy recovery and take care of yourself.


  • Linda Harrison

    Hi JC,

    I heard the good news today, my prayers are with you. Can’t wait to see your beautiful smile on Monday! We love you.

  • Sandy Hungerford

    Dearest JC, I feel like I have known you all my life. I am 42 years old and it seem your face has always been on the T.V. What a lovely and strong woman you are. I am so happy for your out come. My Mother had her left breast removed over 15 years ago and she is still doing great. I as well 5 year ago had 3 lumps removed and they were not malignant. I prayed for you and will contiue to pray. May God always be there to hold your hand. You are a wonderful person and I wish all the best for you. That was such wonderful news to hear today. I kinda get tired of hearing bad news all the time so this was GREAT to hear. I Thank you for being open about this and letting others know. I found my lumps too and even though there weren’t cancer I was so scared and didn’t know what to do. I was in my 30′s at the time and everyone would say “Oh you are to young for it to be cancer”. That is so not true. Until you have walked in the shoes of the fear you will never know. With all my love and Prayers , May God be with you now and always. Sandy Hungerford

  • anna vandyke

    Praise Jesus….we are so happy to hear that all is going super great..:)
    You need to rest and drink lots of water…:) We will see you back on the air soon.
    hugs and love

  • Tammy

    Ms JC,
    I only hope that if I ever have a surgery like the one you just had, I will have the same courage and strength in which you had. Praise the ALMIGHTY for helping you through this and continue to stay with you as your body continues to heal. You are a True Blessing to us ALL. We Love You and look forward to seeing you again on the air, only when you have fully recovered, ok?

  • http://- Jean Lee

    Dear JC:

    I’m sorry to hear about the lumpectomy:( I pray that God will give you the rest that you need. BTW, I’m going for my mammo in June! I’m “looking forward” to it! I had the honor of meeting you at a Race for the Cure 5K a few years ago. You autographed my t-shirt and made it a keepsake:) Thanks for being a community role model for us Washingtonians. I’m glad that the treatment hasn’t made you lose your sense of humor. Laughter is surely good medicine:) I’m sure viewers can’t wait to see you back on the air! Love and prayers,


  • Bernadette Brown

    hi Jc i am so glad tt you got through your surgery ok and God was with you the whole time. I hope to see you back on the news at noon. But take your time and ge some rest before you do come back to work ok.

  • Nona O./Women History Makers-DC, MD & VA

    JC, I unite with those praying for you and wishing you a speedy recovery. Thank you for the impact you have had and contributions you have made to the Washington DC metropolitan area/community. You are greatly appreciated. Best wishes!!

  • Tania

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Ms. JC.

  • Carolyn


    Hang in there… had a right mastectomy in 1987 and left mastectomy in 2000…… No chemo the first time but chemo the second time. No joke chemo is NO fun. Lost all my hair… including eyebrows and nose hairs ( believe I could smell everything) LOL!! But not my life… The Lord saw me through and he’ll do the same for you, he made this old body and knows how to take care of it. Received lots of prayers from my family and church family. Will be praying for you. And one more thing, go girl with all of your bad hair pieces.

    Love In Christ,

  • Evelyn Gonzales

    Dear JC,
    What wonderful news to learn that your surgery went well as I was praying , along with others,
    for your speedy recovery. You are such a terrific person as well as a wonderful broadcaster.
    Please take a little more time to completely rest and heal as we in the community want you to
    be around for another forty(40) or more years, providing quality broadcasting in the Washington,D.C./Metro Area. Know that we love you and appreciate your contributions to our

    Remain in God’s Light !

  • Sally Myers

    Thank you for being so forthright with your breast cancer story.
    I am a 14 year survivor! Good luck to you in your recovery.

  • Robin Cunningham

    J.C. I am so glad that a lumpectomy took care of it all. I read some posts and there is a lady who participated in Casting for Recovery. I just read a Harlequin short story about that program on my Kindle. Check it out while you have some down time! Blessings my dear! I can’t wait for summer so I can watch you at noon!

  • Novaqt

    JC, God Bless you and I wish you a speedy recovery. I was diagnosed in Dec. 2002 with Stage II Carcinoma in situ. I had one lymph node impacted. I had the tram flap surgery. Left breast was removed and left lower muscle from stomach was incised and new left breast was created. My surgery was followed up with chemo and radiation. After all this, it was determined that I was HRT positive which meant I was prescribed Arimidex for over 5 years. I switched to Femara and then stopped taking all drugs completely. I now see my oncologist once a year.

    JC, if none of your lymph nodes were affected, you most probably will not require chemo. You doctor will decide if you need radiation or not. From the photos and the sounds of things, you are on the way to a full recovery. I say this tho….what a way to spend a vacation!!!

  • Jamie

    Hi JC,

    I am so grateful and happy that our prayers have been answered and things have gone well for you. Please take good care of yourself and know that I now am praying for a speedy recovery.