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No further treatment needed for happy Balding

CLARE BALDING on Monday expressed her relief at being told by doctors that she needs no further cancer treatment following a successful operation to remove a lymph node in late November.

The BBC's highly-acclaimed horseracing presenter was successfully treated for papillary thyroid cancer in 2009 after being told she had the disease two weeks after leading the corporation's coverage of Mon Mome's John Smith's Grand National victory.

Clare Balding

Clare Balding: received good news'

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Although forced to undergo more surgery on November 29, Balding - who has made her primetime light entertainment debut this week alongside Chris Evans on Channel 4's Famous And Fearless - has been told no additional action is needed.

She said: "I had an operation to remove a lymph node that had a little cancer in it. They took it out, sewed it up, I took a week off at home and then got back to work.

"The surgeon told me that there were then three possible options - radioactive iodine treatment, radiotherapy or nothing, and the good news I got from my oncologist just after Christmas is that I need no further treatment. It's a big relief and it means I can now crack on."

Balding, who last year anchored the BBC's Winter Olympics coverage, commentated on the Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Final for Five Live and hosted E4's Crufts programmes, will work on Famous And Fearless from Liverpool until it ends on Friday night, after which she heads to Chepstow for BBC2's Coral Welsh National output.

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