Clare Balding says she’s beaten cancer

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Lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding has announced that she does not require further treatment for thyroid cancer.

The broadcaster, speaking on BBC Radio 2’s French and Saunders programme yesterday, said her doctor gave her the news last month.

She said: “I had to have a little operation just before Christmas to take out a nasty little lymph node and there was a worry that I might have to have more treatment.

“But I had a lovely letter from my oncologist just after Christmas saying, ‘Hurrah, no more treatment’, so I’m very happy about that.”

Balding, 39, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009. Last August, she announced that the disease was in remission.

She underwent two throat operations, radioactive iodine treatment and had her thyroid gland removed.

The star also updated her Twitter page to tell fans: “Not taking too much for granted but very, very relieved & can sing into 2011 with glee. Not the series…”