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Monday 25 May 2015

Balding relief at cancer all-clear

BBC presenter Clare Balding has spoken of her relief after learning she requires no more treatment after suffering from cancer
BBC presenter Clare Balding has spoken of her relief after learning she requires no more treatment after suffering from cancer

BBC presenter Clare Balding has spoken of her relief after learning she requires no more treatment after suffering from cancer.

Balding, 39, had been receiving treatment for thyroid cancer since 2009.

Speaking on BBC Radio 2's French and Saunders programme, she said doctors had told her the news following an operation last month.

She told the programme: "I had to have a little operation just before Christmas to take out a nasty little lymph node and there was a worry that I might have to have more treatment.

"But I had a lovely letter from my oncologist just after Christmas saying, 'Hurrah, no more treatment', so I'm very happy about that."

Thyroid cancer is rare, affecting fewer than 2,000 people per year.

The presenter posted the news on her Twitter page.

She wrote: "I had to have another little operation at the end of November (you'd never have known as I was back to work as soon as poss) to remove a lymph node.

"Much discussion as to whether I would need further radioactive iodine or even radiotherapy but the good news is that I need no further treatment.

"Not taking too much for granted but very, very relieved & can sing into 2011 with glee. Not the series..."

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