"I had a lumpectomy and then I had six and a half weeks of radiation," New York Daily News quoted her as telling "Good Morning America". Nixon had been diagnosed with the disease in 2006 while starring in the off-Broadway play The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and she kept her condition a secret, even scheduling her surgery on a Sunday, to avoid missing a performance.
"I didn't really want to make it public while I was going through it. I didn't want paparazzi at the hospital, that kind of thing," Nixon, who admitted she was "scared", said. "I thought, 'Oh, I don't want this to be happening.' I was very cognizant of if it's going to happen, this is the best way for it to happen, that it's found so early and we can just get right on it," she revealed.
The Emmy Award winning actress revealed that her mother Ann had battled cancer twice, 30 years earlier. The only people that Nixon confided in were her girlfriend of four years, Christine Marinoni, and her children, Samantha and Charles, from her relationship with Danny Mozes.
"My girlfriend was very scared," said Nixon during the interview. "We made a big point of talking to my kids about it. I basically told them they found some cancer in my right breast," explained the star. Nixon is getting involved in the fight against breast cancer, becoming a spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation next year.