Loose Woman Carol McGiffin tells of her cancer ordeal
Former Loose Women presenter Carol McGiffin has spoken about her gruelling treatment for breast cancer, and said she does not regard suffering from the disease as "a battle".
"I never thought about it in those terms. Yes, it can become a fight if you think you might lose it, but for me it was always just about getting better," she said.
"Although, of course, it wasn't pleasant."
She revealed her treatment consisted of a mastectomy followed by six rounds of chemotherapy and 15 rounds of radiotherapy. She finished treatment in December last year, and in April this year, went on a holiday to Malaysia with her fiancé of six years, Mark Cassidy.
"I'd thought that as soon as I finished the treatment it would be like 'whoosh, I feel all right', but it took a long time," she says,
"I've never looked forward to a holiday so much but, in hindsight, I still felt rough. I'm feeling well now, but in six months I might be feeling even better. That would be nice."
In June last year she had a three-hour operation to remove her left breast. Even though she is cancer-free now she has to go for check-ups every six months and for mammograms. She says she is not sure yet whether she'll have a breast reconstruction done, but is meeting with a surgeon soon.
"I don't know whether I'll have it done. The scar has healed very well and you can hardly see it. Right now, I can't face more surgery."