Deborah James: 'I'm stopping cancer treatment'

She regularly posted about the fight against cancer on Instagram, and a drastic decision was made by the fact that she recently almost died in hospital.

May 10, 2022 - 05:50
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Deborah James: 'I'm stopping cancer treatment'

Deborah James, 40, head of BBC podcasts, has revealed that she has stopped active treatment for stage IV bowel cancer, and she is now in hospice care. Deborah regularly posted about the condition of her illness on Instagram, wrote about the struggle she is going through, and recently went through the most difficult period when she almost died in the hospital. That was the moment when Deborah decided to stop the treatment and return home, to spend her last days surrounded by a warm family atmosphere.

She was first diagnosed with the disease in 2016, and now she has shared with her followers on Instagram that her 'body just can’t keep going,' adding that 'no one knows how much she has left'.

'My active treatment has stopped and I am now transferred to hospital care at home, with my amazing family around me and the focus is on not hurting me and spending time with them. No one knows how much time I have left but I can't walk, I sleep most days, and I can only dream about the things I took for granted now. I know we did everything we could, ' she began.

'During more than five years of writing about how I thought it would be my last Christmas or that I would not celebrate my 40th birthday or see my children go to high school ... In fact, I never imagined that I would write a post in which I really say goodbye. I think it was some kind of rebellious hope in me, ' she continued, adding, 'But even with all the innovative anti-cancer drugs or some magical new discovery, my body just can't keep going. '

She also announced the founding of the Bowelbabe Fund and called on her fans to donate to charities such as Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.'You are all amazing, thank you for playing your part in my journey. No regrets. Enjoy life,' Deborah concluded.

By the way, last year she pointed out that people with bowel cancer live a maximum of two and a half years after diagnosis, which doctors predicted for her as well. With her husband Sebastien Bowen, she has two children, a son Hugo (14) and a daughter Eloise (12).