Janey Godley, 61, reveals her cancer has returned but vows to continue working


Comedian Janey Godley, 61, reveals her cancer has returned but vows to continue working until the end and wants to ‘die on her feet’

Janey Godley revealed that her cancer has returned in a candid Instagram video on Tuesday. 

Vowing she would continue working the comedian, 61, reassured fans that she would still be performing her Not Dead Yet tour next year and said she was the type to ‘die on her feet’ and not on her knees. 

In the video Janey said it may be the ‘last time’ she performs on stage after doctors told her cancer – that originated in her ovaries – continued to be present in her abdomen.

Candid: Janey Godley, 61,  revealed that her cancer has returned in a candid Instagram video on Tuesday

Candid: Janey Godley, 61,  revealed that her cancer has returned in a candid Instagram video on Tuesday

She said: ‘My recent scan and my blood tests showed that my cancer marker went up’.

‘There’s still a bit of disease in my abdomen. So I want you all to know that I’ll be going through some more chemotherapy’.

She added: ‘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.

Keeping carrying on: However despite the sad news, the comedian, 61, reassured fans that she would still be performing her Not Dead Yet tour around the UK next year - as she vowed to continue working (pictured earlier this year)

Keeping carrying on: However despite the sad news, the comedian, 61, reassured fans that she would still be performing her Not Dead Yet tour around the UK next year – as she vowed to continue working (pictured earlier this year)

‘I have always been a kind of die on your feet not your knees type of person, you know me, so I’m looking forward to the tour.’ 

Adding: ‘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 that will be what we’re looking at.’ 

Janey went on to discuss her plans for the tour and said that despite the sad news the show would full of fun. 

Sad times: Janey went on to admit that it may be the 'last time' she performs on stage after doctors told her cancer continued to be present in her abdomen

Sad times: Janey went on to admit that it may be the ‘last time’ she performs on stage after doctors told her cancer continued to be present in her abdomen

Honest: She captioned the video: 'Hello everyone - an update and just to let you know I am looking forward to the tour on Feb-March. Thanks to everyone supporting me'

Honest: She captioned the video: ‘Hello everyone – an update and just to let you know I am looking forward to the tour on Feb-March. Thanks to everyone supporting me’

‘I’m not going to sing My Way – it’s not going to be that type of tour, There’s going to be a lot of fun – it’s going to be my dream come true to get back on stage in February and March.’

She captioned the video: ‘Hello everyone – an update and just to let you know I am looking forward to the tour on Feb-March. Thanks to everyone supporting me’ 

Janey was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2021 and had a full hysterectomy in January 2022. 

In April she took to Instagram to thank the NHS after being told she was now cancer free following a hysterectomy.  

She said: ‘After a hysterectomy and six rounds of chemo and a blood transfusion, it seems like the NHS has definitely saved my life.

‘I want to thank everybody at the Beatson Cancer Care and everybody in the NHS who looked after me, and my wee pal Shirley who looked after me when I came out with a hysterectomy.’

The comic rose to fame during the pandemic with her voice overs of Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid-19 news briefings.

Honesty: In April she took to Instagram to thank the NHS after being told she was now cancer free following a hysterectomy (pictured in 2021)

Honesty: In April she took to Instagram to thank the NHS after being told she was now cancer free following a hysterectomy (pictured in 2021)  

She thanked everyone for their help, saying: ‘I want to thank everybody who supported me, everybody that sent me love, everybody that sent me so much strength and told me, you know, that they were thinking of me – thanks, thanks so much, you’ve no idea.

‘And everybody that knitted me all these hats and sent me hats as well – my cup is full with gratefulness, thank you so much everybody.’

Janey has regularly posted about her battle with cancer on social media, including delivering livestreams from her hospital bed.

Growths that can be cancerous or benign: What is an ovarian tumor?

Ovarian tumours are abnormal growths that start in the ovary and may be cancerous or benign.

When cancerous, nine out of ten arise from the cell that line the ovaries and fallopian tubes – known as epithelial ovarian cancer.

High-grade serous ovarian cancer makes up six out of every ten epithelial cases. Most actually in the fallopian tubes.

These growths tend to be treated via chemo and radiotherapy.  

Low-grade serous cancers account for just one in ten epithelial cases. These are slow growing and tend to be in younger women. 

Surgery is the most effective treatment for low-grade serous epithelial cancers.

Mucinous tumours make up a small percentage of epithelial ovarian cancer. 

 

Source: Target Ovarian Cancer 

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