Lorraine Kelly has revealed her devastation as a member of her ITV team battles terminal cancer.
The presenter, 63, shared the heartbreaking news in an Instagram post on Tuesday as she sent her love to team member Hannah Hawkins and her husband Tom.
Hannah, 25, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020 and went into remission the following year. Tragically, two days before she welcomed her son Rory in August this year, she was told her cancer had returned.
Her husband Tom tragically revealed in an Instagram post on Monday that her condition has rapidly deteriorated and ‘the time we have left is short.’
Sharing her condolences, Lorraine commented on Tom’s post: ‘What a beautiful photo of Hannah and baby Rory. I’m so sorry Tom and sending you so much love ❤️’
Heartbreaking news: Lorraine Kelly has revealed her devastation as a member of her ITV team battles terminal cancer
Devastating: Hannah Hawkins, 25, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020 and went into remission the following year. Tragically, two days before she welcomed her son Rory in August this year, she was told her cancer had returned
She then shared Tom’s post on her own Instagram account, adding: ‘This is Hannah. She’s a much loved part of our @lorraine team and recently gave birth to her gorgeous son Rory.
‘Amidst the joy of his arrival was the devastation of her cancer worsening. We are all deeply saddened and sending our love to Hannah’s family – and to her husband Tom who posted this last night.’
Tom’s post read: ‘Just wanted to say we are truly overwhelmed by the love and well wishes we’ve received over recent weeks and completely blown away by the generosity shown towards the just giving fund for Rory.
‘Therefore I felt it only fair to share that Hannah’s condition has continued to deteriorate to the point where, amongst other things, she’s not able to use her phone anymore.
‘I am trying to keep an eye on her messages so even though you won’t get a reply please know I am passing on your support and it is hugely appreciated.
‘Hannah has always wanted to be open about her condition and raise awareness along the way, as those who followed her journey through her first diagnosis 3 years ago will know.
‘It had been her intention to keep writing and posting about her progress this time around, however the speed and aggression of the cancer has left her unable to.
‘There are no words to describe events of the last couple of months, and we know the time we have left is short but the support we have had from everyone has been an enormous comfort.
‘Thank you all – Tom x’
Devastating: Lorraine shared a post by Hannah’s husband Tom who tragically revealed on Monday that her condition has rapidly deteriorated and ‘the time we have left is short.’
New job: Hannah started working at Lorraine in September 2022 having previously worked at Capital Radio
Hannah started working at Lorraine in September 2022 having previously worked at Capital Radio.
Hannah has documented her battle with cancer, revealing she was first diagnosed with Triple-negative breast cancer during the Covid lockdowns.
How to self-examine your breasts:
Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.
Here’s what you should look for:
- Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color
- Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling
If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor’s attention:
- Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
- A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
- Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling
Step 2: Now raise your arms and look for the same changes
Step 3: While you’re at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood)
Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together
Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting
Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower
Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in step 4
Triple-negative breast cancer is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that does not have any of the receptors that are commonly found.
The mother-of-one was diagnosed after finding a lump in her breast and noticing discharge.
She then underwent one round of IVF, 23 rounds of chemo, one lumpectomy and nine radiation sessions before being declared cancer free.
After receiving the all-clear, Hannah underwent a charity trek across the Sahara to raise funds for CoppaFeel! and continued to raise awareness of breast cancer on her social media pages.
In August this year, Hannah and Tom welcomed their son Rory but two days before giving birth she received the devastating news that her cancer had returned.
In an Instagram post last month she shared a selfie inside the hospital as she told her followers: ‘Well. This is certainly not where I planned spending maternity leave, where’s the coffee shops & rhyme time?
‘2 days before our sleep thief Rory was born we were told the worse news you’ll ever hear. It’s back & it’s back with a vengeance. It wants the last laugh.
‘We were throw into talk of induction, to meet our baby 3 weeks earlier than planned so I could crack on with scans & plans. We sat in the hospital knowing we were about to meet our baby & life was going to change in more ways than we could have ever predicted.
’30hrs after meeting Rory I was was wheeled to the CT scanner, motherhood and cancer patient life had begun hand in hand. (Getting on a CT bed after a c section was no joke).
‘There are no words tbh. We are trundling through newborn life (why does no one tell you how hard it is?! I owe apologies to all my friends with children, I thought I supported you, it was not enough) with a dollop of hospital appointments, scans and a&e trips thrown in for fun.
‘New mum guilt is through the roof being away from Rory so much, but I know it’s for him.
‘Today is my 3rd bag of poison (chemo) & I’ve had a dash of immunotherapy (a small win in all this that I qualified for it) so far. I feel… Well I have no choice but to feel optimistic.
‘We are doing what we need to do to stop these tumours in their tracks, we’re taking the little control we have, that’s all we can do. That & pray to all gods that it’s working.
‘It’s hard to know what’s newborn exhaustion or chemo but I’m doing ok.’
Fighter: Hannah has documented her battle with cancer, revealing she was first diagnosed with Triple-negative breast cancer during the Covid lockdowns
Tragic: In August this year, Hannah and Tom welcomed their son Rory but two days before giving birth she received the devastating news that her cancer had returned
Hannah continued: ‘So if you’ve messaged congratulating us about Rory saying “how are are you?” And you’ve been ignored; this is why. It’s an impossible question. I repeat, there are no words. (Despite me managing this essay!) I’m useless on my phone these days, but please know your well wishes were/are appreciated ❤️
‘It’s corny as hell. But take life seriously – & I don’t mean be serious, be silly, search out the joy, do that adventure, make that brave decision – you’re only here once & none of us know how long for.
‘I’ll try & keep updating; writing really bloody helped last time so hopefully it does this time, even though the words are harder to find. Lots of love xxxx.’
Hannah’s former co-worker and Capital Radio presenter has set up a legacy fund for her that will benefit her son Rory.
To donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HannahHawkins
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?
It comes 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 tissue it is called ‘invasive’. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases develop in those over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men, though this is rare.
Staging indicates 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, such as genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most 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 a 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 focused on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops them 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 means more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
For more information visit breastcancernow.org or call its free helpline on 0808 800 6000