BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire bravely speaks out on chemotherapy trauma

BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire has bravely spoken out about her ‘battle’ with breast cancer


by Fiona Day |
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Last month BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire revealed that she had undergone a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The brave mum has now spoken out about her experiences undergoing chemo in a candid video diary for the broadcasting house.

The 47-year-old explained: “The way it has just drained my body has made feel a bit low.”

She added: "In the build up to this first session of chemotherapy, I have been feeling quite vexed and anxious and apprehensive, because it’s a fear of the unknown. How is it going to affect me?"

Victoria also revealed that throughout the three hour chemotherapy treatment she wore a cold cap to try and prevent her from losing her hair.

Victoria underwent a mastectomy last month
Victoria underwent a mastectomy last month

In the days after her first session Victoria admitted that she could feel the effects taking their toll on her body.

She said: “It’s been six days since the first chemotherapy session and the way it has just drained my body has made feel a bit low. You can feel alert and normal for a couple of hours, and then suddenly, this wave of tiredness just hits you and you just have to go to bed.”

Victoria added in her video diary: “I don’t feel like I’m battling cancer. I don’t feel that I’m fighting cancer. I am simply being treated for cancer.

“The reason I wanted to talk about what has happened to me is that I am a pretty open person. But also because more than one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer. And here’s the thing: having cancer is manageable.”

What a brave and inspiring lady.

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