Pamela Ballantine says ringing bell is 'milestone' in cancer journey

2023-09-07 09:37:51  • 3 mins

TV presenter Pamela Ballantine has described ringing a bell to mark the end of cancer treatment as "another milestone" on her road to recovery.

The broadcaster was diagnosed with breast cancer last year after attending a routine mammogram appointment.

She previously underwent chemotherapy and surgery to remove tumours in her breast and lymph nodes to minimise the risk of the cancer spreading.

On Monday, she rang the bell to mark the end of her radiotherapy treatment.

However, Ms Ballantine told BBC Radio's Good Morning Ulster programme she felt "conflicted" about celebrating the occasion.

"It is very strange because it was just a five-day treatment that I had, and there are people there, you know, they've gone through it for weeks," she said.

"I know it sounds strange with the business I'm in, I'm not one to really draw attention to myself so I was just wanting to get in, get out.

"I realised that ringing the bell, it's an important thing for so many people who are waiting to go through the treatment, not knowing what's going to happen to them, not knowing what the treatment's going to be like."

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