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BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire 'drained' by treatment for cancer

By Shereen Low

BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire revealed she felt "low and disconsolate" as she underwent her first cycle of chemotherapy.

The 47-year-old journalist will have five further sessions of chemotherapy over the coming months, followed by radiotherapy, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in July. She had a mastectomy in September.

In a video diary, which aired on her BBC2 show, Derbyshire admitted she had "a fear of the unknown" as she sat in a hospital bed on November 4.

Derbyshire, who is due back on air on Thursday, described becoming "increasingly queasy and drained" following the treatment, spending the next 48 hours in bed, before adding she was glad to get the first cycle "under my belt".

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