TV-am legend Anne Diamond reveals she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and undergone a double mastectomy as she describes ‘a hell of a journey’

  • She received the diagnosis the same day she learned she was to receive an OBE

TV legend Anne Diamond has emotionally revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

The 68-year-old fought back the tears as she confirmed she was battling the disease in an interview with GB News tonight.

Speaking to Dan Wootton on the channel, she recalled how she was given the news by doctors on the same day she was awarded an OBE and said it had been ‘a hell of a journey’.

Anne, who currently works for GB News, has been off air for almost six months and has undergone a double mastectomy.

And while she is still receiving treatment for the illness, she will make a return to our screens this weekend to host Breakfast with Stephen Dixon on the channel on Saturday. 

Anne Diamond revealed she was battling cancer in an interview with Dan Wootton on GB News tonight

Speaking on Dan Wootton Tonight, Anne said it had been a ‘fight’ against the disease, after five months ‘I’m still not at the end of the journey, but I’m through it enough to come back to work’.

The morning TV legend, who rose to fame presenting TV-am from 1983 to 1990 and has also been a regular panellist on The Wright Stuff and Jeremy Vine, was given the devastating diagnosis the same day she was told she was getting an OBE for her campaigning on cot deaths.

Anne said: ‘It was a wonderful moment [being notified about the OBE] and that was like 9.30 in the morning. 

‘But I knew then, because I’d already seen my GP, that I had to go to a breast cancer screening thing later in the morning. I thought I would just go for a mammogram, and a couple of tests and I’d be free in an hour.

‘I spent the entire morning at my local hospital where they did everything, biopsies, X-rays, CT scans, a couple of mammograms, everything, and by lunchtime I was still there. 

‘And a lovely lady came with a lanyard around her neck that said MacMillan Cancer Care and I knew then it was serious.’

The mother-of-five revealed she was still undertaking her ‘tough’ treatment after taking months of work to focus on fighting cancer.

She added: ‘I don’t have any advice for people because I’m still going through it. But I’m well enough to return to work. I had the full works, the full mastectomy. 

‘God, this is the first time I’ve talked about it, so it’s quite difficult but I’ve had the full works. The first operation I had was nine hours long.

Anne, pictured here on Loose Women in 2018, has taken several months of work to fight the disease

The 68-year-old, pictured, received her diagnosis on the same day she was told she would be given an OBE

‘I don’t remember it. I was in and out like that, but nine hours of removal and rebuild, that took a lot of getting over and then I had an operation later where they took out lymph nodes as well, just to make sure they can trace the travel, if the cancer has travelled at all to the rest of the body. Luckily I don’t think it did.

‘I’ve had a load of radiotherapy, which I found very hard too. 

‘So it’s been a journey, but I’m not pretending for a minute that I am extraordinary, because I am fully aware that a quarter of women in this country are going through what I’ve just gone through and I don’t have any advice to give. I only have empathy.’

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