Esther Rantzen reveals her cancer is stage 4 but insists 'I feel lucky'
25.05.2023 - 22:47
Dame Esther Rantzen said her diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer has made her realise 'how lucky' she has been in life. The 82-year-old broadcaster, who is best-known for presenting That's Life! – a programme featuring a mix of investigations, topical issues and entertainment from 1973 to 1994 – first revealed her cancer news in January this year.
At the time, she released a statement which said: "In the last few weeks I have discovered that I am suffering from lung cancer which has now spread. At the moment I am undergoing various tests, to assess the best treatment.
"I have decided not to keep this a secret anymore because I find it difficult to skulk around various hospitals wearing an unconvincing disguise, and because I would rather you heard the facts from me." At the time she said the diagnosis has "prompted her" to look back over her years which had been "made so joyful, filled with fun and inspiration". The mother-of-three and grandmother-of-five has now revealed she is facing Stage 4 cancer and speaking about her treatment for the first time with the Mirror, she explained: "I’m on one of the new medications, and nobody knows if it’s working or not.
"My diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer made me realise how very lucky I’ve been in my life, working with Childline and the Silver Line, and meeting so many fascinating and inspiring people, and especially lucky to have spent 21 years working as producer/presenter of That’s Life!." She added: “I’m not good at regrets. What I treasure most are the fantastic friendships I have made thanks to That’s Life! during the last 50 years, the people I met, and the team who worked so hard, and laughed so hard, together for so long.” Dame Esther, who has been a trailblazer for female
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