Comedian Janey Godley determined to continue with tour as cancer returns

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Comedian Janey Godley attends The Forth Awards 2019 at Usher Hall on November 14, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns)
Comedian Janey Godley has told fans she is determined to go on tour as she undergoes more cancer treatment. (Getty Images)

Comedian Janey Godley has revealed her cancer has returned and admitted her upcoming tour next spring could be her last.

The 61-year-old stand-up and actor – known for her appearances on Have I Got News For You and viral videos impersonating Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon – was diagnosed in 2021 with Stage Three ovarian cancer and underwent a hysterectomy and chemotherapy.

Godley told her 276k followers in a video on social media: "My cancer treatment is back on the cards because my recent scan and my blood tests showed that my cancer marker went up. There’s still a bit of disease in my abdomen.

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"So I want you all to know that I’ll be going through some more chemotherapy.

"I also want you to know that I’m going ahead with the tour in February and March. I am determined to get back on stage.

"I've always been a die on your feet, not on your knees kind of person.

“I’m looking forward to the tour, I think it’s fair and honest to say it might be the last time you see me live on stage. I’m hoping it’s not, but I think it’s a fair estimation.”

The Traces star is due to tour Scotland, beginning in Arbroath on 1 February, before bringing the show to London's Leicester Square theatre from 16 March.

Janey Godley spoke to Lorraine from her hospital bed following her diagnosis in 2021.
Janey Godley said she had gone public with her diagnosis to help spread awareness about her symptoms. (Lorraine / ITV)

She added: "I know it's not the news everybody wanted to hear but I was diagnosed with Stage Three ovarian cancer, my type of cancer isn't curable. It's treatable and we're treating it."

Godley thanked her followers for their support, as well as the Beatson Cancer Clinic in Glasgow and her family, friends and management.

The comic had announced in June this year that she was cancer free.

In a video on Instagram she said: "Hello everybody, I've just had a phone call from the cancer specialist and the scan has come back clear. There is no evidence of disease.

Janey Godley attends the European Premiere 'Wild Rose' and Festival Gala at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 15, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Janey Godley had announced in the summer she was cancer free. (Getty Images)

“So after a hysterectomy and six rounds of chemo and the blood transfusion, it seems like the NHS has definitely save my life.”

Godley previously said she went public with her diagnosis to highlight her symptoms — bloating, stomach pain, tiredness and needing to urinate more often — as she urged other women not to delay getting checked out if they felt the same.

The comedian is a supporter of the SNP and Scottish independence and often shares videos of Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon, accompanied by parody voiceovers.

Comedian Janey Godley joins thousands of people take part in the All Under One Banner march and rally in support for Scottish independence on October 5, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The organisers were holding their final major rally of the year in the Scottish capital following previous demonstrations in Glasgow, Oban and Aberdeen. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Janey Godley marching for Scottish independence in 2019. (Getty Images)

In 2016 Godley was pictured standing outside Donald Trump's Turnberry Golf resort with a sign that read: "Trump is a ****".

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In the past she has hit back at trolls online, including one who called her a "two-faced hypocritical witch" and another who called her "ugly" and "horrific to watch".

Watch: Janey Godley discussing cancer treatment on Lorraine