Because part of Somers’ breast was removed as part of her lumpectomy, she didn’t want the typical reconstruction surgery associated with breast cancer survivors. According to US Weekly, she turned to an alternative treatment in 2018 that included taking fat cells from her stomach and combining them with stem cells to fill in part of her missing breast. She said she had been cancer-free due to her organic-only diet, eschewing anything with hormones. “I don’t even worry about cancer,” she said in the interview. “It’s never coming back.”
This July, she told Entertainment Tonight that her breast cancer had come back. She credited her “chemical-free” life for her survival for so long. A Page Six interview with Somers’ husband Alan Hamel said Somers had gotten an “all-clear” from her doctors on June 6.
She later posted on Instagram a photo of her and Hamel, writing: “As you know, I had breast cancer two decades ago, and every now and then it pops up again, and I continue to bat it down. I have used the best alternative and conventional treatments to combat it.” Somers died October 15 at her home in Palm Springs at the age of 76.