Clare Balding’s treatment for thyroid cancer a success

  • BBC sports presenter Clare Balding has announced her treatment for thyroid cancer has been successful and that the disease has not spread.

    Clare had her thyroid gland and cyst removed earlier in the year and underwent radioactive iodine therapy.

    “I received the results from my post-treatment scan and it looks as if the radioactive iodine has done its job and zapped all the nasty bits that needed zapping,” she said on her website. “There are no signs of the thyroid cancer having spread anywhere else so all is looking happy and rosy in the world.”

    Clare underwent surgery for thyroid cancer in April after she noticed a lump in her neck while watching herself on television over Christmas.

    She had it drained but a further check up revealed she needed to have a cancerous cyst removed.

    Clare underwent two throat operations, one after the Grand National to remove the cyst, and a second in May to remove her thyroid gland.

    The presenter and former amateur jockey also expressed her gratitude to her fans.

    “I am hugely relieved and very grateful for all your support particularly to those people who have had thyroid cancer and got in touch to share their experiences with me,” she said. “I can’t tell you how much this helped me get through the treatment process.”

    Clare is now looking forward to covering the European Eventing Championships in France and the European Show Jumping Championships at Windsor.

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