Victoria Derbyshire

Victoria Derbyshire removes wig as she gives fans update on cancer treatment

Sharnaz Shahid

BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire has given fans an update on her road to recovery following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015. Taking to her social media pages on Monday, the 48-year-old revealed that her hair is growing back after her chemotherapy treatment ended last year. "It's time to stop wearing a wig," she candidly told the camera. The presenter confessed that losing her hair was perhaps the most upsetting aspect during her battle against the disease. "I have to say losing my hair was the worst bit about cancer treatment for me, more so than having a mastectomy," she added. "Don't judge me for that, it's just the way I felt."

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Removing her wig, Victoria went on to elaborate: "I'm grateful for this wig because it helped me get on with things, go to work, live my life normally without worrying. But it is time for it to go." In 2015, Victoria revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has since continued to appear on air wearing her wig. "And this is my new hair, this is about 12 months of growth since chemo finished," she continued. "And it's come back as thick as it was, if not thicker. As shiny as it was, slightly more ringlety than it was before."

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The former BBC Radio 5 Live presenter, who fronts a current affairs show on BBC2, noted: "I am actually apprehensive about taking my wig off because this is not me, but I know it doesn't really matter what my hair looks like. The point is, this is proof... that once chemo is complete your hair does grow back and when you're in some of those dark moments during chemo you do doubt that... but your body does slowly renew itself once chemo is complete and there's something really optimistic about that." Victoria began hosting her own BBC Two news hour in 2015, having previously worked on BBC Radio 5 live for 16 years. In 2014, she took home the Speech Broadcaster of the Year prize at the Radio Academy Awards.

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