Veteran This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson has revealed that she is suffering from pancreatic cancer. The 83-year-old, who has been working on the ITV show for 27 years, confirmed the news in a statement explaining her absence from This Morning in recent weeks.
"I'm sorry I've not been around for a couple of weeks but a persistent health issue has turned into something quite a lot bigger," the statement said. "I've been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It has come as a surprise to me and my family but we know that many others have suffered and dealt with this condition and I don't plan to give up without a fight.
Denise Robertson has revealed she has pancreatic cancer
"My doctor is referring me for chemotherapy and hopefully that will start soon. I'd like to thank all the lovely viewers of This Morning who have been concerned about my health recently and I hope I'll be back on the sofa soon."
Denise has been a regular fixture on This Morning since its first ever broadcast in 1988. The news came as a surprise to the show's hosts including Ruth Langsford, who said that they were left in a "state of shock" after learning of Denise's diagnosis.
"Some news about one of our own that has all of us at This Morning in a state of shock," Ruth said. "After almost 30 years of providing comfort to millions of This Morning viewers, agony aunt Denise Robertson is in need of a lot of love herself today."
"Denise" was trending on Twitter following the announcement, as celebrities and viewers alike sent their best wishes to the 83-year-old.
Phillip Schofield tweeted: "Sending all my love to a unique and wonderful lady xxx". Comedian Leigh Francis wrote: "Sending all my love and support to Denise. Stay positive Denise and get well soon."