Debbie McGee reveals secret breast cancer treatment

Debbie McGee Cancer Diagnosis

by Anna Matheson |
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Debbie McGee has revealed that she has been secretly undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

The star, who dazzled on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, has opened up about her treatment and revealed that she had surgery to remove two tumours in her breasts earlier this month.

Debbie said that she was diagnosed with the disease in October after doctors found cancerous tissue during a routine screening and she underwent treatment to remove the tumours on Thursday 17 January.

The star, who is the widow of celebrated magician Paul Daniels, told The Sun she believed that the stress of losing her husband may have triggered the cancer.

Debbie McGee Cancer Diagnosis

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She said: “Stress, I think caused mine. I've never been through the stress I've been through since I lost Paul. Grief hits you in so many ways you're not expecting. It's not all about sadness.”

Debbie added that she felt “lost” going through treatment without her husband of 28 years, who passed away in 2016 aged 77 after battling an incurable brain tumour.

However, the star revealed that she won’t need chemotherapy or radiotherapy following the operation and she feels lucky to be given the all clear. She added that she attends breast screenings every two years but never expected to be told she had cancer – particularly as there is no history of breast cancer in her family.

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The star urged other women to keep going to their mammogram appointments and described her fear when doctors told her she may need a full mastectomy, which would mean taking flesh from her thighs to reconstruct her breasts.

The former ballet dancer gained fame when she became Paul Daniels’ assistant in 1979. In 2017, she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing where she reached the final with partner Giovanni Pernice after audiences were stunned by her ballroom skills, but the couple were beaten to the glitterball by Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

Despite her husband’s passing, Debbie credited the magician with giving her the strength to go through treatment and also praised her sister, brother and four close friends for rallying around her while she rests following the treatment.

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