82 year old UK Journalist Esther Rantzen Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

Esther Rantzen
Esther Rantzen

82-year-old Dame Esther Rantzen has said she is remaining “optimistic” after revealing she has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Rantzen has been receiving treatment for the illness, and her family has requested privacy during this difficult time. Despite the diagnosis, Rantzen is said to be in good spirits and is determined to fight the disease

Dame Esther Rantzen said in a statement to PA Media: “In the last few weeks I have discovered that I am suffering from lung cancer which has now spread. At the moment I am undergoing various tests, to assess the best treatment.

If you feel old, lonely, and wary of the internet, do what I did – learn Zoom .. I have decided not to keep this secret anymore because I find it difficult to skulk around various hospitals wearing an unconvincing disguise, and because I would rather you heard the facts from me.

“At the age of 82, this diagnosis has prompted me to look back over the years, and I want to express my profound thanks to everyone who has made my life so joyful, filled with fun, and inspiration.

“First and foremost my family. My three children Miriam, Rebecca, and Joshua have been the most wonderful support, company, and source of love and laughter and I am deeply grateful to them.

My friends have been amazing and have created memories that sustain me and give me strength.

“My colleagues with whom I have worked, and continue to work in broadcasting, journalism, the voluntary sector, and many other organizations have been a constant pleasure, and have amazed me with their tolerance of my wild ideas and awful jokes.

“I have been continuously inspired by the courageous children, older people, and viewers who have trusted me with their life stories. I have always tried to live up to that trust.

“As I am sure you will understand, while I am awaiting the results of the tests, I am unable to answer questions. Thanks to the extraordinary skills of the medical profession there are wonderful new treatments, so I am remaining optimistic.”

Rantzen began her career in the 1960s as a researcher and later producer for the BBC current affairs program That’s Life! She presented the show from 1973 to 1994. Rantzen has also presented several other BBC shows including the children’s show It’s a Knockout, and the consumer affairs program That’s Esther.

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