After a year “lurching from one drama to an even worse one”, Jacquie Beltrao “got a little bit of good news”. In fact, she labelled it as a “fantastic surprise” on Twitter. The news anchor shared her good news with her 2,574 followers, saying: “I’ve got some breaking news, scans are in…” Then holding up a card in a video, it read: “No evidence of cancer.”
“I can’t believe it,” beamed Jacquie, adding: “I just can’t believe it, look, I know it’s not forever but I’m going to take it for now.”
The Dublin-born broadcaster was overjoyed and “so very grateful” to her cancer care team.
“I know this isn’t permanent, things could have changed again by my next scan… the drugs [could] stop working or whatever but, for now – in the here and now – this is the best I could hope for.”
“I’m not cured – make no mistake,” Jacqui clarified. “There is no cure for stage four cancer but, for now, the scan is clear.
In this stage, the cancerous tumour can be of any size, but depending on your particular case, the treatment plan will be specific to you.
General treatment options include targeted drugs, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery.
One in seven women in the UK will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.
The first noticeable symptoms of breast cancer typically include finding a lump in the breast or identifying an area of thickened skin.
“Many healthy women find that their breasts feel lumpy and tender just before their period,” the charity elaborated.
To become more breast aware you can download the free Know Your Lemons health app.
The app teaches you how to examine your breasts, to calculate your risk of breast cancer, and to report changes to your body.
The NHS offer free breast cancer screening – known as a mammogram – to women aged between 50 to 71 years old.
If you’re registered with a GP clinic, and fall within this age bracket, you should be invited for a mammogram every three years.
Author: Chanel Georgina
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