Sarah Beeny curls up in bed with her pets amid cancer battle

‘No need for a hot water bottle tonight!’ Sarah Beeny curls up in bed with her pets as she prepares for her final chemotherapy session amid her battle with breast cancer

Sarah Beeny has shared a candid snap of herself curled up in bed with her pets, as she prepares for her final round of chemotherapy amid her breast cancer battle.  

The TV property expert, 50, joked in her post’s caption that she ‘didn’t need a hot water bottle,’ as she relaxed with her pet dogs and cats.

Sarah previously revealed that she was set to complete her last round of chemotherapy on Friday, after the session was cancelled because her liver numbers were too high.

Struggles: Sarah Beeny has shared a candid snap of herself curled up in bed with her pets, as she prepares for her final round of chemotherapy amid her breast cancer battle 

Sporting her bald head following several rounds of chemotherapy, Sarah playfully captioned her post: ‘No need for a hot water bottle tonight…..!!’

It comes after Sarah shared a beaming snap in the middle of a Monopoly game with her sons Rafferty, 14, and Laurie, 12. 

Sarah – who is also mother to sons Charlie, 16, and Billy, 18, with her husband of 19 years Graham Swift – appeared to be having a wonderful time as the family gathered around the table. 

She captioned the snap: ‘Never ever let your children beat you at monopoly!!! A good day today – thumbs up for last chemo on Friday AND Raffey landed on Mayfair!!! Xxxx’. 

‘It’s been a good day today!’: It comes after the presenter shared a beaming snap in the middle of a Monopoly game with her sons Rafferty, 14, and Laurie, 12

Update: Sarah previously revealed her last chemotherapy session was cancelled because her liver numbers were too high and her white blood cell count was too low

It comes after Sarah revealed her last chemotherapy session was cancelled because her liver numbers were too high and her white blood cell count was too low.

She sent Happy New Year wishes to her followers as she revealed she was forced to miss out on partying this year.

Sarah told how she has been ‘laying around like a Dowager Duchess’ since the cancellation but assured fans she has started to feel bit brighter.

The Property Ladder presenter shared a photograph of a mug of coffee and some biscuits which had been delivered to her by her son Billy, 18.

Alongside the snap, she wrote: ‘Been delivered the perfect tray this morning by the brilliant Billy Swift!! Happy slightly late New Year to everyone…

‘Been laying around like a Dowager Duchess a bit since last Chemo on 30th was cancelled because liver numbers too high and white blood cells too low… 

Sweet: The Property Ladder presenter shared a photograph of a mug of coffee and some biscuits which had been delivered to her by her son Billy, 18

‘Just as you think you’re there….. bit less Eeyore now and hoping bloods better this week…. Hope you all were partying for me!!! Thank you all for your lovely messages!’

Sarah has been sharing updates over the festive period and last week she took to Instagram to post a snap of herself planting flowers in empty loo rolls with one of her her sons, Charlie, 16.

In the sweet image, she beamed from ear-to-ear while wearing a pink knitted hat and an orange polo neck sweater as she posed with her child.

In her caption, she wrote: ‘@_charlie_swift_ it’s just not that wierd [sic] a thing to do with empty loo rolls….. just you wait till all the flowers pop out…..!!! X

Busy bees: In her caption, she wrote: ‘@_charlie_swift_ it’s just not that wierd [sic] a thing to do with empty loo rolls….. just you wait till all the flowers pop out…..!!! X’

‘Thanks to the wonderful @somersetwreathsandgarlands for the idea and lovely seeds – you’re simply the best!!! And @alpacamyhat for the lovely warm hat!! X’

Sarah took to Instagram on Friday to share a snap of herself putting up some last-minute Christmas decorations, just 48 hours before the big day.

The TV personality kept things casual in a green sweater and jeans as she adorned her bannisters with foliage and pine cones.

 

 Happy: Sarah took to Instagram on Friday to share a snap of herself putting up some last-minute Christmas decorations, just 48 hours before the big day

Alongside it, she quipped: ‘Trying to get most of the garden attached to bannisters…….!! X.’ 

It comes after Sarah was praised by her fans as she visited the Institute of Cancer Research to learn about genetics amid her own battle with the disease.

The broadcaster took to Instagram to share a photograph of herself with Professor Clare Turnbull as she visited the cancer research organisation.

She sported a white ICR lab coat as she posed alongside the NHS consultant in clinical cancer genetics as she spent the morning at the institute.

‘Inspiring’: It comes after Sarah was praised by her fans as she visited the Institute of Cancer Research to learn about genetics amid her own battle with the disease

Sarah, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July, was praised by her 248,000 followers as ‘amazing’ and an ‘inspiration’ for raising awareness for cancer research.

Taking to the comments section, one person wrote: ‘Love the way you are researching the heck out of this insidious disease xx.’

While another added: ‘Looking fabulous Sarah and great to be talking to breast cancer/genetics professor Clare Turnbull.’

A third said: ‘They do great work!’, to which Sarah replied with: ‘So interesting!!! Genetics research is mind blowing!!’

Family: Sarah is also mother to sons Charlie, 16, and Billy, 18, with her husband of 19 years Graham Swift 

A fourth commented: ‘Sarah you are a pioneer too and an amazing lady,’ and another added: ‘Hang on in there Sarah, a great inspiration to so many. Keep on going.’

The Institute of Cancer Research in London is one of the world’s most influential cancer research organisations and looks into cancer genetics, cancer biology and personalised medicine.

Alongside her post, Sarah wrote of her visit: ‘Absolutely fascinating to talk #genetics with the brilliant Professor Clare Turnbull this morning – thank you so much @icr_london loved wearing a lab coat! Xx #cancerresearch #breastcancerawareness #breastcancer.’

The Macmillan Support Line offers free, confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. Call 0808 808 00 00 for support.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two MILLION women a year

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 each year and kills 40,000. But what causes it and how can it be treated?

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.

When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.

Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men though this is rare.

Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.

The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast growing. High grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.

What causes breast cancer?

A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply ‘out of control’.

Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign. 

The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

  • Initial assessment: A doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may do tests such as a mammography, a special x-ray of the breast tissue which can indicate the possibility of tumours.
  • Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under the microscope to look for abnormal cells. The sample can confirm or rule out cancer.

If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver or a chest x-ray.

How is breast cancer treated?

Treatment options which may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments are used.

  • Surgery: Breast-conserving surgery or the removal of the affected breast depending on the size of the tumour.
  • Radiotherapy: A treatment which uses high energy beams of radiation focussed on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
  • Chemotherapy: A treatment of cancer by using anti-cancer drugs which kill cancer cells, or stop them from multiplying
  • Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the ‘female’ hormone oestrogen, which can stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments which reduce the level of these hormones, or prevent them from working, are commonly used in people with breast cancer.

How successful is treatment?

The outlook is best in those who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small, and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumour in an early stage may then give a good chance of cure.

The routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 mean more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

For more information visit breastcancernow.org or call its free helpline on 0808 800 6000

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