BBC's Deborah James reveals her cancer operation 'went well'

‘Let out early for good behaviour!’: BBC’s You Me And The Big C podcast star Deborah James reveals her cancer operation ‘went well’ and she is back home being looked after by her parents

  • Deborah James had received the all-clear from cancer back in January 
  • However,  doctors later found evidence that the cancer returned to her bowel
  • She has had surgery and is taking and ground-breaking cocktail of drugs 
  • He hosted the podcast along with Rachael Bland who died of cancer in 2018

The host of the BBC’s You, Me And The Big C podcast has revealed she has been let out of hospital after an operation to try and remove her cancer which returned. 

Deborah James, 39, has had 17 tumours in her lifetime. 

After being told she was disease-free in January, the married mother-of-two said doctors discovered news signs of her bowel cancer which required surgery. 

The host of the BBC’s You, Me And The Big C podcast, Deborah James, 39, has revealed she has been let out of hospital after an operation to try and remove her cancer which returned

She has since updated her Instagram followers to tell them the operation ‘went well’ and that she has been ‘let out early for good behaviour’. 

She added: ‘Back to parents for a few days for a bit of TLC and less risk of infection from my walking little ”snot bags” (who I can’t wait to see very soon!) 

‘I got four hours’ sleep. It felt like 40! I feel like I’ve been in a haze for four days. Everything is a bit blurry. But I do know I cried on a lot of people! 

Ms James has since updated her Instagram followers to tell them the operation ‘went well’ and that she has been ‘let out early for good behaviour’

‘But ”Hasta la Vista” (baby’ tumour numero 17 (I think!)…’  

Remaining typically upbeat, she said the disease was ‘stable’ thanks to a suite of ground-breaking drugs.

Speaking ahead of surgery last week to remove a small cancerous ‘node’ in her chest, she said: ‘Everything else is in a positive place… I don’t have any other signs of cancer in my body.

‘My cancer is stable – and that’s because of these drugs.’

The drugs include Braftovi, which has just been approved for use on the NHS in combination with another drug. Miss James has been taking the non-chemotherapy drugs since August last year. ‘I am alive thanks to these drugs,’ she said.

Miss James said she has seen ‘many friends’ who she met through cancer die in the four years since her diagnosis. One was a fellow host of the podcast, Rachael Bland, who died of breast cancer in 2018, aged 40.

Deborah James, pictured, was told that she was disease-free in January. The 39-year-old mother-of-two revealed doctors found new signs of bowel cancer which required surgery

Ms James hosted the You Me And The Big C podcast along with Rachael Bland, pictured, who died in 2018 of the disease aged 40

Surviving when others passed away has, she admitted, made her feel ‘guilty’ but at the same time ‘grateful to be alive’. Despite the return of her cancer – which had already required operations to remove 15 tumours and 24 rounds of chemotherapy plus radiotherapy – she has set her sights on a trio of achievements next year: to run the London Marathon again, celebrate her 40th birthday and reach the five-year mark of living with cancer.

The ex-deputy headteacher, now a bestselling author and columnist, said: ‘On paper, I shouldn’t be doing any of that. So to do so would be quite cool.’

The cancer first reappeared in May, when two cancerous lymph nodes were removed. The latest is in a third node.

Approval by drugs regulators means about 1,400 advanced bowel cancer patients will now get the Braftovi combination. Miss James said it would bring hope to thousands.

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