BBC presenter Rachael Bland told she has ‘days to live’ as cancer spreads

BBC presenter Rachael Bland told she has ‘days to live’ as cancer spreads
Rachael Bland was first diagnosed with cancer in 2016
Rachael Bland was first diagnosed with cancer in 2016

(SKY NEWS) – News presenter Rachael Bland has been told she has just days left to live, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The BBC broadcaster was first diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016, where it was found to have already spread to lymph nodes under her right arm.

Despite treatment including four months of chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiotherapy and a round of immunotherapy, the cancer spread, and Bland has now been told she has days left to live.

In a post on social media, the mother of one wrote: “In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal.

“Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and Lozz will continue with the #youmebigc podcast.

“Au revoir my friends.”

Mrs Bland, who is married to former BBC 5 Live journalist Steve Bland, became well-known for the podcast You, Me And The Big C, which she worked on alongside Deborah Jones and Laura Mahon.

She also set up the Big C Little Me blog.

In May, she announced she had been told her cancer was terminal, and had been referred to a clinical trials unit.

At the time, she wrote: “I have extensive skin metatases in my left breast and chest, mets to the nodes above the collar bone on the left side. I have a tumour in my liver and a couple of suspicious spots on my spine.

“I also have a small collection of fluid on the outside of my right lung, called a plueral effusion which is indicative of some cancer starting to lurk there.”

In mid-July, the 40-year-old said the first trial she had been on had not been successful, but she was hopeful of being put on to another one.

Announcing the news on BBC 5 Live, Tony Livesey said: “All words at this point, what do you say? It seems a bit trite and pointless but I just want to say one thing.

“Rachael was my first co-presenter on my first 5 Live show nine or 10 years ago and I just want to reiterate what I said in a tweet today.

“She held my hand all those years ago and I want her to know that we’re all spiritually holding hers today.”

Mrs Bland has started writing her memoirs for her son, and her agents are finding a publisher.


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  1. Thank you for taking us alone on your journey with cancer, demystifying it, your cheerfulness and your philosophical approach to your impending death. Rest in eternal peace, Rachael. You will be truly missed. Your podcasts will provide comfort and strength to listeners especially those suffering terminal cancer.


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