BBC presenter Derbyshire removes wig after chemotherapy

Sam Warner
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BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire has removed her wig, a year and a bit after starting her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

The 48-year-old, who was diagnosed in 2015 and has been filming a series of video diaries throughout the treatment process, has released a new clip where she takes off the wig she has been wearing since late 2015.

"Okay, so it's time to stop wearing a wig, which I have been wearing since December 2015, since I had chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment," she began.

"And probably about half my hair, maybe three quarters of my hair fell out as a result of that treatment."

She explained that losing her hair was "the worst bit about cancer treatment for me", adding: "More so than having a mastectomy. Don't judge me for that, it's just the way I felt.

"And I'm grateful to this wig actually, because it helped me get on with things, go to work, live my life normally without worrying… but it is time for it to go."

Derbyshire then removed the wig to reveal her grown-back natural hair, continuing: "This is about 12 months of growth since chemo finished, and it's come back as thick as it was, if not thicker. As shiny as it was, slightly more 'ringlety' than it was before.

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"But I am actually apprehensive about it, about taking my wig off," she continued. "Because this is not me, but I know it doesn't really matter what my hair looks like. The point is this is proof, if proof were needed, that once chemotherapy is complete, your hair does grow back.

"And when you're in some of those dark moments during chemo, you do doubt that, as irrational and absurd as that sounds. But your body does slowly renew itself once chemo is complete, and there's something really optimistic about that."

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