The Strictly star, 33, opened up about hormone treatment forcing her body into menopause and the fear she may not be able to have children with new husband Ben Jones.
Amy, who was officially diagnosed with the disease in May, found a lump in her right breast in April, a day before she and her beau jetted off for a belated honeymoon to the Maldives after their wedding last July.
‘When I sat in that room and the doctor said “yes Amy you have cancer” that was one stab, and then what’s your “fertility plans?” ‘.
Honest: Amy Dowden, 33, choked back tears as she discussed her ‘extremely tough’ battle with breast cancer during Channel 4 ‘s Stand Up To Cancer on Friday
Brave: The Strictly star opened up about hormone treatment forcing her body into menopause and the fear she may not be able to have children with new husband Ben Jones
‘Because I have an oestrogen fed cancer and they need to shut my ovaries down basically, and my husband is next to me and we’ve only been married a couple of months!’.
Adding: ‘And it’s just heartbreaking and that is something I never knew, and the impact emotionally it’s just been so tough’.
However Amy did also have some good news and revealed she was due to undertake her last chemotherapy session next week.
Saying: ‘It has been the toughest year of my life but I am hoping with the surgery and chemo I have done enough’.
Last week Amy took to Instagram to share with her followers that she was ‘truly gutted’ as she posted a health update.
She said she was left disappointed after not being able to attend an event in her home town.
Posting the news on her feed, Amy shared a snap of herself cuddled up on the sofa looking very cosy with a fluffy hood surrounding her face.
The professional dancer was waiting to watch Sunday’s episode and penned a sweet caption to support her co-stars.
Tough: Amy, who was officially diagnosed with the disease in May, found a lump in her right breast in April, a day before she and her beau jetted off for a belated honeymoon to the Maldives after their wedding last July (pictured with host Davina McCall)
Health: She told host Davina McCall: ‘I’ve had sepsis , blood clots, I’ve had to have hormone treatment then being put into menopause’
Tough: ‘Because I have an oestrogen fed cancer and they need to shut my ovaries down basically, and my husband is next to me and we’ve only been married a couple of months!’
Love: Amy pictured with husband Ben
‘Snuggled up rrrrready for tonight’s @bbcstricktly results show! Always love Halloween week on strictly (although very different watching from the sofa, but still a brilliant show and so proud of all my fabulous fellow pros).’
Amy went on to say a huge thank you to all of those who took part and were involved in the ‘turning Caerphilly pink for Amy’.
Amy’s hometown, Caerphilly, hosted a fundraising event to help raise money for breast cancer awareness month.
She continued: ‘Want to say a massive thank you to all involved in ‘turning Caerphilly pink for Amy’. From raising money, raising awareness with leaflets and tools galore, dance performances from where it all began for me @shappelles, pink cakes and milkshake sales, you name it.
‘Thank you all.
Snuggled: Last week Amy took to Instagram to share with her followers that she was ‘truly gutted’ as she posted a health update
Touching words: Amy’s hometown, Caerphilly, hosted a fundraising event to help raise money for breast cancer awareness month
DITL: A while later, the star went on to show the reality of what chemotherapy involves by posting a reel
Happy: Strictly’s Amy Dowden revealed that the ‘finish line is in sight’ as she gave a positive update on her chemotherapy journey on Thursday
‘Can’t tell you what it means to me and my family! Just gutting I couldn’t be there by forever grateful.’
Amongst the heartfelt words were an array of pink hearts, bows and praying emojis.
The Welsh dancer previously shared some positive news with her fans as she revealed the ‘finish line is in sight’ for her chemotherapy journey.
Amy was diagnosed with the disease in May and has been undergoing treatment over the summer – recently breaking down as she shaved her hair off.
She has now given an update as she shared a sweet snap to her Instagram with a fellow cancer patient while in hospital.
Amy penned alongside: ‘Yayyyyy my blood platelets were all good to go for chemo 7 and it was lovely @kiimmbo.6 7th too (a fellow pink sister on a similar journey) for us both next session we should be ringing that chemo bell and I simply cannot wait!
‘So good to chat again today all things chemo and breast cancer. The finish line is in sight for us lovely.
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What is breast cancer, how many people does it strike and what are the symptoms?
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.
When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men, though this is rare.
Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.
The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast-growing. High-grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.
What causes breast cancer?
A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply.
There are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign.
The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.
For more information visit breastcancernow.org or call its free helpline on 0808 800 6000