Reality TV star Jade Goody is being allowed to leave hospital following her cancer surgery – but must return within a week for further treatment.

The former Big Brother housemate underwent a hysterectomy last week after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Now doctors at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London have told her she can spend up to five days with her sons Bobby, five, and four-year-old Freddie.

Jade said that she refused to let the boys visit her in hospital, “so they don’t see Mummy being ill”.

“She’s been knocked for six,” a friend of the star told The Sun. “The plan is for her to spend between two and five days relaxing.”

Jade will then return to the hospital to begin a course of chemotherapy after it was discovered her cancer had spread.

However she revealed last week that doctors had caught it “in the nick of time,” – giving her a greater chance of beating the disease.

“Her chances are way higher because they have nipped it in the bud,” Jade’s friend added. “Now the op is out of the way it’s a real boost for her and she’s so much more hopeful.”

“Yes, she will have to deal with more chemo and radiotherapy but she’s strong and will be able to deal with it.”

Jade was told she had cervical cancer while she was in India appearing on Bigg Boss – the country’s equivalent of Big Brother.