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Jacquie 'stunned' as tumour shrinks to half its original size

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Presenter Jacquie Beltrao

Presenter Jacquie Beltrao

Presenter Jacquie Beltrao

Sports presenter Jacquie Beltrao has said that a cancerous lump in her breast has shrunk to half its original size.

The Dublin-born Sky News presenter was recently diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time after doctors first told her she had the condition in 2013.

The 55-year-old told Hello! magazine that "neither my doctors nor I could believe" how much it had shrunk by.

"I was stunned and so relieved. I was told that even if the tumour inside my breast had remained the same size, that would be a good result," she said.

"But to find it had shrunk was unheard of."

The former Olympic gymnast said she "didn't realise" breast cancer could return.

"Facing it again felt like a kick in the stomach," she added.

"When I was told it was incurable, I burst into tears and thought, 'That's it, I'm going to die'.

Grandma

"I felt so sad that I'd never go to my daughter's wedding, see my sons graduate or become a grandma."

She added that while she is "not out of the woods yet", doctors have told her it is "possible to keep the cancer under control".