DJ Hannah Wants has revealed she is battling breast cancer for a second time.
The musician took to Instagram stories on Wednesday to talk about how she received the diagnosis at the same time her fiancée Luisa Eusse’s romance with Strictly’s Neil Jones, 38, came to light.
Hannah, 34, said she struggled to see how she could ‘see a way through life’ as she reeled from the shock of the betrayal and the news her cancer had returned and spread to her armpit.
Fighter: DJ Hannah Wants has revealed she is battling breast cancer for a second time
Hannah had surgery back in 2017 when she was just 30-years-old to remove cancerous cells in her breast.
The DJ, who had overhauled her lifestyle after her first diagnosis, began getting pain around her breast surgery site last year, and after a biopsy in May, doctors discovered cancer in her breast and axilla.
She wrote: ‘It came as a huge shock and bigger blow mentally. I was back to square one position.
Awful year: The musician took to Instagrams on Wednesday to talk about how she received the diagnosis when her fiancée Luisa Eusse’s romance with Strictly’s Neil Jones, 38, came to light
‘Their recommendations were: single or double mastectomy if I want it, more surgery to remove all of my lymph nodes from my axilla, chemotherapy (the harshest kind). Radiotherapy and hormone therapy because my cancer was highly hormone driven.’
Hannah said she declined a mastectomy because it ‘didn’t feel right to cut entire body parts off’.
She also turned down chemotherapy and further surgery to her axilla to remove all lymph nodes but pressed on with radiotherapy.
Moving on fast: Luisa and Hannah split in July – weeks before she and Neil announced their romance via Instagram before she moved into his London flat
Romance: Hannah wrote: ‘My journey has solely been a mental battle, one that was made worse for a period after I was deceived, betrayed, and publicly humiliated’
Speaking of how at a time, when she was dealing with the terrifying news her cancer had spread, Hannah claimed her now ex-fiancée, 23, was cheating on her with Neil.
Luisa and Hannah split in July – weeks before she and Neil announced their romance via Instagram before she moved into his London flat.
Hannah wrote: ‘ My journey has solely been a mental battle, one that was made worse for a period after I was deceived, betrayed, and publicly humiliated by the person I was in a relationship with.
She added: ‘The true reality of the situation has never been told… (the truth was actually a lot more brutal) but just as I was finishing the egg freezing process (as a precaution more than anything else) and starting radiotherapy I endured an extremely sudden, difficult, and pretty public break up, which only added to the weight of life.
‘It was a big kick me while I was down moment- or at least that’s how it felt at the time.
Hurting: Hannah, 34, said she struggled to see how she could ‘see a way through life’ as she reeled from the shock of the betrayal and the news her cancer had returned
‘I’m not even going to try and sugar coat it, I was not okay and genuinely for the first time in my life, at points, I wasn’t sure how, or even if, I was gonna get through. It all just felt too much and I didn’t have the answers to my many “why” and “how” questions.
Hannah defiantly told her followers: ‘My cancer does in no way define me as a person, it is only a part of my journey in this life.’
Meanwhile, reports surfaced Luisa cheated on Neil with a Spanish woman days after he joined the Strictly quarantine bubble.
Important message: Hannah defiantly told her followers: ‘My cancer does in no way define me as a person, it is only a part of my journey in this life’
Luisa is believed to have met student Daniela Becerra, 20, on a night out at Cirque Le Soir club. After partying at the venue, Luisa is said to have invited Daniela back to Neil’s flat where they ‘had sex’, before later telling her lover she was ‘married’.
A pal of Daniela’s told The Sun: ‘She [Luisa] asked me if I wanted to go to her bedroom. She cheated on Neil with me. We had sex. We were in the bedroom for an hour – a long time. It wasn’t a quick ten minutes.’
The friend also claimed Luisa revealed her relationship with Neil after the deed was done, with the dancer saying she was ‘married’.
MailOnline has contacted Neil and Luisa’s representatives for a comment.
Drama: Luisa reportedly arrived in London a month ago to be with Hannah but was secretly meeting up with Neil (pictured together on Wednesday)
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?
Breast cancer develops 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 breast tissue it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men though this is rare.
Staging means 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 of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps 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 the 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 focussed on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells 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 mean more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
For more information visit breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk