'Brave' Amy Dowden shares update after more breast cancer surgery: 'It wasn't easy'

Amy Dowden has decided to share her chemotherapy journey in a bid to raise awareness of breast cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

In her latest update, the Strictly Come Dancing star, 32, was back in surgery to have a portacath inserted.

A portacath is a chamber that sits under the skin with a line going into a vein. It is used by nurses to administer chemotherapy and other fluids.

Sharing a post following her operation, Amy took photos of herself from a hospital bed and explained how the surgery had gone.

The dancer wrote: “I’ve decided I want to share my chemo journey to help raise awareness, hopefully get others checking and for understanding what we go through.

“Port fitted! Wasn’t looking forward to it. Wasn’t easy… my veins! Feeling tender, bruised and sore but the port will help massively over the next few weeks and allow me to dance when I feel well enough.

“A port sits under the skin and the tube goes along my vein to the heart giving safe access for chemo (I believe, I’m no dr!) Rrrrrrright that’s done! Ps don’t swipe to last slide if squeamish!” (sic)

Amy was inundated with supportive messages from her Strictly Come Dancing co-stars.

Gorka Marquez encouraged: “You got this Amy.”

James Jordan said: “Sending love. Strength and healing prayers.”

Motsi Mabuse added: “Thinking of you. Sending love and I am very sure you are inspiring and giving courage to everyone.”

Carlos Gu wrote: “Ames, you are [the] bravest.”

And former contestant Kym Marsh echoed: “Brave lady.”

Amy went public with her breast cancer diagnosis back in May and underwent a mastectomy to remove the tumour.

She was due to have radiotherapy and return to Strictly, but revealed last week that doctors discovered more tumours during an MRI.

She now needs chemotherapy which means she will not be able to compete with a celebrity contestant in the upcoming BBC series.

source: express.co.uk