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My stubborn determination got me through

Janet West has had a varied career including being a former commercial airline pilot before turning her hand to broadcasting.

Says Janet, "I have worked all over the world and enjoyed a fantastic career in broadcasting. My most recent role was a TV presenter for a US broadcaster hosting chat shows in Las Vegas and Amsterdam discussing technology and the environmental impact of broadcasting.  I have been fit and active my whole life and everyday enjoy going to the gym as well as hiking and skiing.  In February 2019 I was diagnosed with tongue cancer and was operated on at The Churchill Hospital in Oxford on my birthday, the 1st May 2019.  The tumour was removed successfully with no sign of having spread to my lymph glands. I even surprised the surgeons by talking almost straight after the surgery.  I have worked hard to get back to full fitness and enjoy keeping fit, surrounding myself with good friends - my stubborn determination has got me through my cancer journey and am delighted that I am now cancer-free.

"BBC South Today documented my cancer journey from diagnosis, the surgery itself and my life afterwards.  Please do take a moment to watch my story which I hope will raise awareness about the growing prevalence of tongue cancer in both men and women."

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