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I’ve few days to live, BBC presenter with breast cancer, reveals

Bland presenting BBC news

BBC presenter Rachael Bland has been told she has days to live after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

The Radio 5 Live host, 40, announced the news on social media this afternoon.

The mother-of-one has been documenting her fight against the disease in a blog called Big C Little Me since she was diagnosed in November 2016.

She also hosted a podcast series called You Me & The Big C where she discussed the highs and lows of battling the illness.

Rachael Bland in hospital

The news anchor wrote that she felt she had become a ‘lab rat’ after starting a medical trial in a bid to buy her more time with her husband Steve and two-year-old son Freddie.

Colleagues, friends and followers have posted in their hundreds to offer their support and express their sadness.

Victoria Derbyshire wrote: ‘Bloody hell Rachael. Courage, grace, laughter – that’s you. You are amazing X.’

Rachael with her husband and son

Her BBC colleague Eleanor Oldroyd posted: ‘Dear Rachael, you have lived a life to inspire millions.

‘Your many friends will be there for Steve and Freddie. Love and peace and prayers from all of us xxx’

Her You Me & The Big C co-host Deborah James posted: ‘No words right now – just heartbreak.’

The last picture she posted on Twitter

Cancer survivor and fellow podcast co-host Lauren Mahon wrote: ‘Could not be more grateful to have you in my life.

‘So proud of you my fabulous friend. Love you more than words can say. We’ve got you bubba.’

Her BBC Radio Five Live colleague Phil Williams said: ‘Rachael – sending love. I’ll message Steve separately. I hope I have just an ounce of your gusto. Lots of love x’

Mrs Bland, who lives in Cheshire with her husband of six years and their two-year-old son, had several rounds of chemotherapy after her diagnosis in 2016.

But writing in her blog previously, she told of how she was with her son and his friends at an ice cream farm when she was given the earth-shattering news her cancer was terminal.

She said: ‘My heart raced as I answered it, knowing a phone call did not bode well.

‘Then came the words ‘I am so sorry, it’s bad news. The biopsies have come back showing the same cancer is back and is in the skin’.

‘I watched my little Freddie innocently playing away in a tyre in the barn and my heart broke for him.

‘I scooped him up and dashed home and then had to break (her husband) Steve’s heart with the news that my cancer was now metastatic and therefore incurable.’

Mrs Bland, a BBC news presenter of more than 15 years, has documented her fight with the disease with her blog Big C Little Me. Putting the Can into Cancer’ and a podcast called ‘You, Me & The Big C’.

When Rachael Bland’s doctors told her she was not responding well to chemotherapy they told her the next best thing would be to try a ‘novel agent’.

Soon afterwards she started taking part in a clinical trial for a new immunotherapy treatment.

Immunotherapy uses our immune system to fight cancer. It works by helping the immune system recognise and attack cancer cells specifically.

Some types of immunotherapy are also called targeted treatments or biological therapies.

‘Putting the Can in Cancer’: Rachael Bland’s battle with deadly disease

November 22 2016: Rachael is diagnosed with primary triple-negative breast cancer that had spread to four lymph nodes under her right arm

December 28 2016: The presenter begins four and a half months of chemotherapy

May 2017: She has a lumpectomy and auxillary node clearance

July 2017: The mother-of-one undergoes a mastectomy

August 2017: Rachael has a re-excision of her lumpectomy and starts 15 sessions of radiotherapy

October 2017: CT and biopsy shows cancer had spread to the lymph nodes under her arm on the opposite side to the primary cancer

May 2017: She is told the cancer is terminal and she has ‘less than a year to live’

September 2017: Rachael announces she has just days to live in an emotional social media post

Writing on Instagram and Twitter today she said: ‘In the words of the legendary Frank Sinatra, I’m afraid to say the time has come my friends. And suddenly I’m told I’ve only got days, it’s all very surreal.’



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