SARAH Harding, famous for being one-fifth of pop group Girls Aloud, is currently battling cancer.
The 39-year-old shared the heartbreaking news on Twitter on August 26, 2020.
Sarah Harding tweeted a photo of herself from her hospital bed after revealing she has cancerCredit: Twitter
What type of cancer does Sarah Harding have?
This is a disease where cells in the breast grow out of control.
Sadly the type Sarah has is advanced breast cancer.
In another blow the cancer has now spread to other parts of her body
Sarah shot to fame in Girls AloudCredit: Getty Images – Getty
What are the stages of breast cancer and what do they mean?
There are four stages for breast cancer, with one being the earliest and four meaning it has spread to other parts of the body.
Here are the different stages, as shared by Cancer Research UK.
There are two parts to stage one:
- 1A – This means the tumour is 2cm or less and hasn’t spread outside the breast
- 1B – Small areas of breast cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes close to the breast. There is also no tumour in the breast or the tumour is 2cm or less.
There are two parts to stage two, and this stage means the cancer is in the breast or nearby lymph nodes:
- 2A – There is no tumour or a tumour 2 centimetres (cm) or smaller in the breast and cancer cells are found in 1 to 3 lymph nodes in the armpit or in the lymph nodes near the breastbone. It can also mean the tumour is larger than 2cm but not larger than 5cm and there is no cancer in the lymph nodes.
- 2B – The tumour is larger than 2cm but not larger than 5cm and there are small areas of cancer cells in the lymph nodes. Or it can mean the tumour is larger than 2cm but not larger than 5cm and the cancer has spread to 1 to 3 lymph nodes in the armpit or to the lymph nodes near the breastbone or the tumour is larger than 5cm and hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes.
There are three parts to stage three, and this stage means the cancer is in the breast or nearby lymph nodes:
- 3A – There is no tumour or the tumour may be any size and cancer is found in 4 to 9 lymph glands under the arm or in the lymph glands near the breastbone. Or the tumour is larger than 5cm and small clusters of breast cancer cells are in the lymph nodes. It could also mean the tumour is more than 5cm and has spread into up to 3 lymph nodes in the armpit or to the lymph nodes near the breastbone.
- 3B – The tumour has spread to the skin of the breast or the chest wall. The cancer may have spread to up to 9 lymph nodes in the armpit or to the lymph nodes near the breastbone.
- 3C – There are 10 or more lymph nodes in the armpit, lymph nodes above or below the collarbone or lymph nodes in the armpit and near the breastbone.
This means the cancer has spread to other parts of the body such as the bones, lungs, liver or brain.
Sarah is a much loved celebrity Credit: Getty Images – Getty
When was Sarah Harding diagnosed?
Sarah revealed that she was diagnosed in early 2020.
She hasn’t specified an exact date yet.
She kept the news of her diagnosis a secret until August 2020.
What has Sarah Harding said about treatment?
Sarah underwent a round of chemotherapy before having a mastectomy.
In an exclusive with The Sun, the Girls Aloud star revealed the horror when doctors told her how much of her breast they would be removing.
She wrote in her new book Hear Me Out: “I remember the surgeons saying they would make a drawing of what parts of my breast needed to be taken away and it was virtually all of it.
“I’m so glad that mum was there waiting for me because when I woke up I screamed the place down.
“Now there’s just a bunch of stitches where my breast used to be. I can’t look at myself in the mirror anymore. I don’t recognise myself.”
Prior to starting chemo, Sarah contracted sepsis after a port was fitted into her chest, leaving her in intensive care.
She added: “With both my lungs and kidneys failing, doctors decided to put me into an induced coma.
“Even once I was off the ventilator I couldn’t speak properly. All I could do was make noises a chimpanzee trying to communicate.”
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