TV agony aunt Trisha Goddard is being treated for breast cancer, it has been confirmed.
Medics discovered a lump during a routine mammogram three weeks ago, forcing the presenter to take a break from her Five show Trisha for two weeks.
A spokesman said that a tumour was removed immediately after the lump was found, according to BBC Online.
Trisha’s husband, Peter Gianfancesco, who lives with the presenter and their two children, said that the family had hoped to keep the matter private.
But, he said: “Following a number of inquiries from newspapers, we thought it best to put the record straight.”
Doctors also took lymph nodes samples for a biopsy, which showed a micro cancer cell present in one of the nodes.
Peter added: “She may possibly need, or choose to have, chemotherapy.”
Trisha’s business partner, Malcolm Allsop, said she would “come through this as she has with other setbacks”.
He added that Trisha planned to return to the studio at the end of the month.
Describing his business partner as ‘strong’, Malcolm said: “Trisha does not want to feel like a sick person.
“When she had her last medical last year, the doctor said she had the fitness level of an endurance athlete.”
Trisha presented her daytime talk show on ITV1 for six years before moving to Five.
She previously worked in Australia for 13 years as a TV reporter, presenter and government adviser on mental health.