Strictly's Amy Dowden suffers blood clot on her lung in health setback

The dancer, who is battling cancer, was rushed into hospital this week

Amy Dowden has suffered another health setback. (Getty)
Amy Dowden has suffered another health setback. (Getty)

Amy Dowden has shared that she's faced another setback amid her cancer battle, after being rushed into hospital with a blood clot on her lung.

The Strictly dancer announced in May that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and in July said she been given a second cancer diagnosis. She suffered life-threatening sepsis during treatment and earlier this month broke her foot.

Opening up on Instagram, the star said her latest health scare "was a shock".

Dancer diagnosed with blood clot on lung

"Unfortunately I've had another nightmare this week," she told her fans.

"Just seems to be never-ending.I was rushed into hospital on Monday and it came to our knowledge on Tuesday that I've got another blood clot on my lung.

The dancer said it had been a 'rubbish week'. (Amy Dowden Instagram)
The dancer said it had been a 'rubbish week'. (Amy Dowden Instagram)

"They were really worried that the clot was travelling to my heart or affecting my heart. Lucky enough, it's not."

The star, who has completed her chemotherapy treatment, said she had drips "everywhere" and is now on blood-thinning injections.

"Just been really frustrated," she said.

"I had lots planned this week, voice-overs, just getting my life back and it just seems to be, like with my foot, as soon as I get it back, you know, something comes."

Dowden, who is now home from the hospital, went on: "You get into your head once you finish chemo that's it, but you learn it really isn't."

Disappointment over hair growth

Amy Dowden is battling cancer. (Amy Dowden Instagram)
Amy Dowden is battling cancer. (Amy Dowden Instagram)

The dancer said it had been "a rubbish week" and revealed she was also disappointed about her hair growth.

The star, 33, explained: "I guess I was a bit deluded and thought my hair would start growing back way quicker."

However, she said a bright spot had been a recent Women's Health interview, where she posed for the cover of the December issue without a wig.

"I just had a little moment – I imagined teenagers being able to go to school and being able to embrace (not having hair) or go swimming and just be like ‘I’m like Amy who’s off Strictly’," she said.

“And that just gave me the confidence to go ‘Yeah, let’s do this’.”

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Amy Dowden on the Strictly dancefloor in 2022. (BBC)

When is Amy Dowden going to return to Strictly?

The star has made it clear that she can't wait to get back onto the BBC ballroom show, after treatment kept her off the dancefloor this year.

During a recent interview on Loose Women she revealed she didn't want chemotherapy at first because she knew it would rule her out of the show for the current series.

She has made a few appearances on the programme but has her sights set on returning properly next year.

"On a Saturday I know everyone is in hair and make-up or they are doing their dress rehearsal, the songs are about to play and I just, I would do anything to be there right now," she said on Loose Women.

"But I have just got to be patient and I keep saying to myself, 'This too shall pass'."

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