Christine McGuinness has assured fans her mother is ‘doing incredibly well’ having completed her breast cancer treatment.
Taking to Instagram and posting a snap of her cuddling her beloved parent, she penned the following note for her followers: ‘Ma. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you know.”
‘So many of you ask about my mum, she is doing amazingly well, I’m so proud of her.
‘All done now!’ Christine McGuinness has assured fans her mother is ‘doing incredibly well’ having completed her cancer treatment
‘Chemotherapy and radiotherapy is all done now it’s time for her to enjoy life!’
The lingerie model, 32, looked radiant in a summer dress, as did her mother, as they stood outside in the bright June weather, both wearing shades.
Her mother had opted to wear a wig following chemo, but is sporting natural locks two months after completing her treatment.
In March, she took to Instagram to post a photo of her mum ringing the bell to signal the end of her treatment.
She also took to her stories to post a tearful message to her followers about it.
Taking to Instagram and posting a snap of her cuddling her beloved parent, she penned the following note for her follower: ‘Ma. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you know”‘
Good news: Christine celebrated the end of her mother’s chemotherapy treatment in March
‘Hey everyone – I’m going to try and get through this without crying. I’m very, very happy, these are happy tears. It’s been a very emotional day today. My mum has just rang the bell.
‘This means she has completed her chemotherapy. She’s been having chemotherapy for six months. Ringing the bell means that she’s finished.
‘She’s honestly the most amazing, strongest, incredible woman I’ve ever met. She’s done it all with a smile on her face, even ringing the bell she’s laughing.
‘I’m trying to pull myself together. I’m so proud of her. She’s done chemo on her own! This is a huge, massive milestone to get up and ring that bell. She’s laughed through it and she’s absolutely amazing.
Milestone moment: The lingerie model, 32, took to Instagram to post a photo of her mum ringing the bell to signal the end of her treatment
Emotional: She also took to her stories to post a tearful message to her followers about it
‘Sending lots of love to anyone who’s fighting cancer right now and any family members it might be affecting.
‘I miss her so much – the kids miss her. We haven’t seen her for eight months. She’s had her first vaccine, she gets the second in May, so hopefully we’ll be able to see her for summer. She’s just amazing!’
With thanks: She penned a heartfelt message
Next to the image of Christine’s mother ringing the bell, she penned: ‘What a woman. My mum has officially finished 6 months chemotherapy for breast cancer – this is a very happy day.
‘Her treatment will continue with radiotherapy but finishing her chemo is a massive milestone.
‘Her love and strength never ceases to amaze me, she’s been a fighter her whole life. My mum is my superwoman!
‘I wish we could have been there for her, it’s been a long 7 months without seeing her and my children miss nanny so much, hopefully we can see her this summer after she has her second vaccine.
‘Thank you so much to all of the Drs and nurses at St. Helens who have looked after my mum and will continue to do so. I would not have a mum and my children wouldn’t have a nanny without you. Thank you so much [sic].’
In February she explained to her followers that she was ‘beyond heartbroken’ that her mother has to isolate away from her friends and family.
Christine wrote: ‘I get messages everyday asking how my mum is doing thank you all for checking in!
‘Fighting cancer away from family and friends is beyond heartbreaking (due to covid she has to isolate)
‘It’s beyond heartbreaking’: Christine has spoken about her mum’s battle with breast cancer in the past
‘but still laughing every time we speak on the phone just shows what an incredibly strong Ma I’ve got.
‘Im so proud of you mum, I miss you everyday and can’t wait to see you again as soon as it is safe.’
Christine’s mum replied: ‘Aww lovely I miss you all so much looking forward to those priceless hugs and giggles’.
In January, Christine broke down in tears as she revealed her three children- twins Penelope and Leo, seven, and Felicity, four,- keep asking when ‘nanny will come and stay’.
Taking to her Instagram Story to issue an emotional update, the mother-of-three admitted: ‘Hey everyone, so I feel like I am all over the place today I feel like I should be so happy to move house.
Battle: Christine previously revealed her mum was undergoing six months of chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy
‘This is literally our dream home we’ve been building for years. We…’ Christine then broke down in tears.
She added: ‘I’d give it all to have my mum here. I feel I have got no one to talk to, I’m all over the place in the house, everyone is packing boxes. My head is just not there, my mum should be there with me.
‘She’s still in the hospital, I haven’t seen her for months. I probably won’t see her until next summer. The kids keep saying, “I wonder if nanny will come and stay.’
Christine also spoke about her mother’s cancer battle as she said: ‘She’s got a long, tough road ahead. 6 months on chemo then radiotherapy. Isolated, away from family and friends.
‘But we laugh every time we speak on the phone. My mum is an incredible strong woman.’
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 breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk