ITV presenter reveals wife has been diagnosed with rare brain tumour
ITV presenter reveals his wife, 30, has been diagnosed with rare and incurable cancer just months after she gave birth to their first child
An ITV presenter has revealed his wife has been diagnosed with a rare and incurable brain tumour just months after she gave birth to their first child.
Dan Salisbury-Jones, who hosts the ITV News Central sports bulletins, said the devastating news felt like a ‘death sentence’.
The popular presenter explained Liz, 30, had suffered a terrifying seizure which saw her rushed to hospital for tests last year.
Medics then found she had a rare tumour, called oligodendroglioma. Recalling the ordeal, Mr Salisbury-Jones said: ‘My wife was just looking through me like there was nothing there.
‘I really wish I knew that was normal because at the time I thought the worst. Eventually, she started recognising people and rediscovering her memory as we made our way to the hospital.
Dan Salisbury-Jones said the devastating news felt like a ‘death sentence’. He seen with his Liz and their son, Reuben
The popular presenter explained Liz had suffered a terrifying seizure which saw her rushed to hospital for tests last year
‘She had a CT scan, which revealed a mass on the brain. We were told it was either an infection or a tumour.
‘We convinced ourselves it was an infection and that antibiotics would resolve the issue. She was admitted and put on a drip for several days spending Christmas on a general/diabetic ward at a hospital with no neurological department.’
Liz’s tumour is slow growing so she should be able to watch their son Reuben grow up, but the risk of seizures mean she isn’t able to look after him on her own. She is now receiving chemotherapy, which has reduced its size.
Mr Salisbury-Jones explained: ‘Liz’s treatment, along with anti-epilepsy drugs, started in May and meant she lost some of her hair – although Liz’s skills with a scarf mean that few people know this!
‘Thankfully, it was successful and caused significant shrinkage in the tumour. Then it was time for PCV Chemotherapy.
‘We are now midway through the second cycle and Liz is handling it like a trooper. There are some strict dietary requirements, which are quite confusing to start with but not that bad once you get your head around it.’
Mr Salisbury-Jones hosts the ITV News Central sports bulletins. He was previously at Sky
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