Samantha Womack on her breast cancer journey: "I feel fantastic”

Actor Samantha Womack has opened up about her breast cancer treatment on This Morning - sharing she feels “fantastic and happy” being back at work and how she felt empowered sharing her story.

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SAMANTHA WOMACK: So I was diagnosed about 3 and 1/2, 4 months ago with breast cancer. It was really incredible, because I didn't find a lump, I didn't feel unwell. There'd been a lot of illness around our friends and family and I actually just thought I'll do a random check. And I had an ultrasound and it showed a little shadow.

Oh my gosh.

SAMANTHA WOMACK: And at that point, it could be anything. It could be a cyst. And then I had further investigations and then that was diagnosed. I was lucky. It was less than two centimeters and I had a lumpectomy, which is just a piece of tissue removed and five lymph nodes, and it was prevalent in one, which is the Sentinel node, that's the first one. So the mad thing about cancer is when you have it, you suddenly understand that there are so many different--

- Different types, yeah.

SAMANTHA WOMACK: --rates, different diagnoses. It is a fascinating world. It's terrifying. The public, quite a precarious relationship with what do you show on social media? But also challenging yourself and kind of thinking, am I doing this because I want likes or am I doing this because there's actual genuine intention behind it? So at the beginning, I was like, oh, I don't really know if it's the right thing to do.

And then Lily, my daughter, was in the kitchen with Ollie cooking and she read about Olivia Newton-John. And she just read it. She was on her phone and she read it in the kitchen. And I'd been with Olivia just for like a dinner after a show that I'd done Sandy in "Grease."

I played Sandy in "Grease", and it was just at the beginning of her diagnoses. And what struck me was her journey had been 30 years and she was at the end and I was just at the beginning. And it kind of took me back and I felt very moved by it, actually.

And so without thinking I just thought, I want to share it. I want to talk to people. I want to put it out there. And it was amazing, the love that came back.