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Maura Tierney Drops Out Of 'Parenthood' For Cancer Treatment

Maura Tierney has announced that she has decided to drop out of the her NBC series, 'Parenthood', to continue her treatment for breast cancer.

The 44-year-old actress revealed that she found a tumor in her breast in July, however, she was not certain of her exact diagnosis or course of treatment at the time.

NBC postponed the series, originally slated for fall, for two months to allow the actress time for her treatment. But now that she is certain her treatment will conflict with the ongoing production schedule for the show, Tierney says she has decided to leave the show.

"Maura Tierney regrets that she will not be able to continue her role on Parenthood due to a conflict with the production schedule of the show and her breast cancer treatments," her publicist says in a statement.

"Tierney and her doctors remain confident that the outcome of her treatments will be positive. She is deeply disappointed that she will not be able to rejoin such a highly respected, talented, fun and funny group of actors and wishes to thank executive producer Jason Katims and NBC for their patience and support."

Producers have begun their search for a new actress to play the part of Sarah Braverman, one of the four adult Braverman children. The other siblings will be played by Peter Krause, Dax Shepard and Erika Christensen (photosErika Christensen photos).

"While we are saddened that Maura Tierney won't be able to continue in her current role in 'Parenthood,' our main concern is for her quick and full recovery," says an NBC spokesperson. "Our thoughts and best wishes are with her."

Tierney is best known for her 10-year stint as Dr. Abby Lockhart on NBC's ER, for which she earned an Emmy nomination. The show is currently scheduled to premiere in midseason.

September 11, 2009 |

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