BBC Radio 5 Live newsreader Kate Williams has revealed that she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Kate made the announcement on the station’s You, Me and The Big C podcast, and said she only knew three other people who suffered from cystic peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the abdominal cavity.
Doctors have reportedly only quoted only 153 cases worldwide.
The presenter is married with two children and has revealed that she underwent ‘the mother of all surgeries’ to combat the disease.
‘If you look at the medical literature, they often quote 153 cases in the world,’ she said.
‘And in the UK I know of three other people, mainly through a Facebook group that I joined. If you look at mesothelioma it’s not a nice one to look at. It’s very aggressive, malignant, quite often caused by asbestos.’
Discussing her course of surgery, she said: ‘It’s called MOAS, mother of all surgeries.
‘It’s official name is cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC – which is hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. So they took out the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, greater omentum, lesser omentum, pelvic peritoneum, another bit of my peritoneum.
‘I was really lucky I didn’t have a stoma. And then they pump you full of heated chemotherapy which has been heated up to 42 Celsius, so that circulates around inside you for about an hour.
‘I keep saying I’m lucky or it wasn’t too bad, my surgery was only about six hours, which you know, people say ‘oh six hours’ but some patients who have this it’s 12 to 14 hours.’
The podcast was set up by Deborah James, Rachael Bland and Lauren Mahon; Rachael died aged 40 after a two-year battle in September 2018.
The BBC Radio 5 Live presenter passed away surrounded by her family, five months after learning her cancer was incurable.
A post was shared via Rachael’s Twitter confirming the sad news. The tweet from her husband Steve read: ‘Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family.
‘We are crushed but she would want me to thank everyone who took an interest in her story or sent messages of support. You’ll never know how much they meant to her. Steve and Freddie xxx.’
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