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Victoria Derbyshire diagnosed with breast cancer

Victoria Derbyshire diagnosed with breast cancer

Victoria Derbyshire has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 46-year-old journalist took to her Twitter account yesterday (19.08.15) to reveal she is set to undergo a mastectomy in the near future after being diagnosed with the disease.

She wrote: "Hi, have been diagnosed with breast cancer & am having a mastectomy in a few wks. Family, friends, work & NHS staff are being brilliant (sic)."

The occasional 'Newsnight' presenter - whose self-titled current affairs show is broadcast on BBC Two and the BBC News channel - admitted she will continue to host the show as often as she can while she receives treatment.

She added: "Will be doing the programme as much as possible during treatment in the months ahead (sic)."

Victoria was a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live for 16 years, departing in 2014 and previously hosted the Channel 4 sports chat show 'Sports Talk'.

A BBC spokesman said: "We wish Victoria a full and speedy recovery and look forward to having her back full-time on the programme as soon as possible."