‘Drugs have stopped working and my liver’s failing’ BBC’s Deborah James in cancer update

Deborah James taken into hospital for liver procedure

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Podcast host Deborah James, 39, has taken to social media to update her followers on her condition, after announcing days ago that her bowel cancer has “moved very quickly in the wrong direction”. The presenter of You, Me and the Big C was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in December 2016 and has since documented her treatment with followers. In her column, Deborah told how a new aggressive tumour near her liver had wrapped itself around her bile duct and she was hoping that a new procedure would help her liver function enough so that she could start having chemotherapy again.

I never liked roller coasters, but I seem to be riding the hideous cancer one whether I like it or not!

Deborah James

In view of her 1516,000 followers, the mother-of-two posted a snap of herself in the back of an ambulance, as she made the journey from The Royal Marsden Hospital to St Helier Hospital in Surrey to undergo a procedure.

The media star revealed that she was having a stent fitted to her bile duct to help her liver function properly, after confirming that the organ was “failing”.

She wrote: “Update! I never liked roller coasters, but I seem to be riding the hideous cancer one whether I like it or not!

“To cut a long story short, my drugs have stopped working and my liver is failing,” Deborah wrote candidly.

However, the star went on to say that she had been given “hope” in the form of the procedure.

“Today I had a stent fitted to my bile duct, in order to hope that my liver can function again and that I can then have more chemo,” Deborah continued.

Documenting the operation, the radio host said the only thing to do now was to hope her liver accepted the stent.

“I was transferred via ambulance from the @royalmarsden to St Helier Hospital to have the procedure by a team of awesome doctors, who managed to get it in how they wanted, and now we just need my liver to play ball!” she added.

Despite the momentous procedure, Deborah admitted that she couldn’t remember much due to being given a “wacking dose of sedation”, but revealed that she was in hospital recovering.

She also said that despite the operation she felt like she was “back to square one”.

She said: “So whilst I feel like I’m back to square 1 and yes it’s a pretty scary, I’m taking it one step at a time, grateful to have hope and options.”

However, she also joked, adding: “As my oncologist said, don’t write me off yet!”

In her Instagram stories Deborah posted a short clip of herself being wheeled out of the ambulance and into the hospital by medical staff.

She captioned the video: “Fully aware we all had our own ideas of what 21st June would look like! This was sooo far removed from mine!”(sic)

Wearing a face mask, the star gave the camera a thumbs-up from her hospital bed as she appeared in good spirits.

Days ago the star gave fans an update on her health in a sweet snap of her and her husband Sebastien Bowen sitting in the sunshine.

In regards to her cancer, she went on to say that things were moving quickly “in the wrong direction”, adding that she was feeling at “rock bottom” but was trying to remain positive.

“Wow, what a crazy a** VERY scary week,” her post began before thanking her husband for being her “rock”.

“I think you all know, by my general lack of being on here (dancing!), that things have moved (in the wrong direction) very quickly cancer wise.

“I do have a glimmer of hope and options and am grateful to my team who are currently pulling a ‘next step’ plan together that doesn’t include writing me off just yet!” she added before saying that she still had “hope”.

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