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TV iconic Esther Rantzen reveals stage 4 lung cancer but admits she's 'grateful'

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Dame Esther Rantzen has revealed she's "not good at regrets" -something she's mused on since being diagnosed with lung cancer in January.Instead, the TV icon admitted she only feels grateful when she looks back on her long life and six-decade career.The 82-year-old, who previously released a statement about her cancer diagnosis “because I find it difficult to skulk around various hospitals wearing an unconvincing disguise”, now reveals she is facing Stage 4 cancer.

Speaking for the first time about her treatment, she told the Mirror : “I’m on one of the new medications, and nobody knows if it’s working or not. “But I will have a scan fairly soon which will reveal one way or another."Since she was diagnosed with the disease, the TV host and Childline and Silver Line founder has found herself reminiscing on her work, achievements, family friends and her 21 years of presenting That's Life!Esther, whose TV producer husband Desmond Wilcox died in 2000, appeared as a presenter on the very first show 50 years back.She said: “My diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer made me realise how very lucky I’ve been in my life, working with Childline and the Silver Line, and meeting so many fascinating and inspiring people, and especially lucky to have spent 21 years working as producer/presenter of That’s Life!“I’m not good at regrets.

What I treasure most are the fantastic friendships I have made thanks to That’s Life! during the last 50 years, the people I met, and the team who worked so hard, and laughed so hard, together for so long.”As she looked back on her success, she admitted that she coined the hit BBC consumer show which launched 50 years ago today.“Pardon me boasting, I came up with the title,” laughs the mother-of-three and

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