Nicki Chapman reveals her brain tumor mysteriously disappeared
Escape to the Country star Nicki Chapman has revealed her brain tumor has mysteriously disappeared – and said she collapsed on receiving the news as she filmed in a field full of pigs.
The former Pop Idol judge, 55, was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumor – which had grown to the size of a small golf ball – in 2019, but was only able to remove part of it because he was too dangerous to take it all. outside.
She was warned that the life-saving surgery posed a risk of permanent loss of speech, sight or movement. Although she revealed that she currently only has reading and concentration difficulties, she has continued to have regular check-ups ever since.
‘I hope the b*****d never comes back’: Nicki Chapman revealed her brain tumor mysteriously disappeared three years after her diagnosis (pictured in November)
Now Nicki has revealed publicly for the first time that she received the shock, but the good news that the growth – which she named Bert – disappeared just over four months ago.
She said on the White Wine Question Time podcast: “In October I had my annual scan with my fantastic consultant, who he knows I love.
“I regularly tell her in front of my husband how much I adore her and the NHS who have looked after me and continue to look after me so well.
“And he called me, and I was standing in a field, because now we do phone meetings – we don’t do face to face. So he phoned me with my latest scans, and I was standing in a field and the Escape to the Country team was driven away.
Horrible: Nicki was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumor – which had grown to the size of a small golf ball – in 2019, but was only able to recover part of it
She continued, “I knew I was getting the call, so they walked away and gave me some privacy. And I look at all these pigs.
‘The amazing consultant phoned me and said ‘the tumor, Nicki, is gone. For now, it’s gone’.
‘I was sobbing. And he was like “Nicki, Nicki”. I’m like “No, no, no”. I said “do we know why?” He said “no, these things happen”.
“I’m a little teary just thinking about it. And they don’t know why. And obviously I still have to be watched because these things have habits of change.
“So we take the good when we can. Always seek victory in every situation. So Bert for now is gone and in the nicest way I hope the b****”d never comes back.
Brilliant: Now Nicki has revealed publicly for the first time that she’s been shocked, but the good news is that the growth – who she named Bert – disappeared just over four months ago
Nicki also reflected on the first time she received her diagnosis, with her husband telling her that she seemed “high”.
Nicki explained that it was her relief to be said she could survive – and she was even willing to accept the loss of sight in one eye in return if necessary – but still made her will the day before her operation.
Explaining why part of the tumor had to remain as a dark cloud hanging over her, she said: ‘They must have left a piece of him because of where he was. It was too dangerous to go out for any reason.
‘For now, it’s gone. There is no trace – just the scar tissue – and so the NHS will continue to monitor me and I will happily go to every appointment they ask me to go to.
“But yes, it is absolutely life changing. And I wouldn’t want anyone to go through something like that. So many people are and unfortunately do, and I know I’m lucky.
Nicki said: ‘I’m a bit teary just thinking about it. And they don’t know why. And obviously I still have to be watched because these things have habits of change’
She continued, “And luckily it was benign, but even living with it wasn’t great.” What will I look like? How will I be? I made my will the day before my operation.
“For my husband, the first thing I said ‘was right, we’re going to redo the will’. And he was so brilliant.
“I’ve told very few people about it because it’s life changing. It’s the most important thing. It’s amazing what you’ll accept in life. You find a strength that you didn’t know you We knew it was big They said “you have a big tumor” They thought I had a stroke.
“But it takes every day and not knowing whether you’re going to live or not.”
Nicki, 55, who is married to music manager Dave Shackleton, added: ‘We walked out and Shack said ‘are you sure you’re okay, you sound pretty high?
“And I was like ‘Shack, he told me I’m going to live – unless something goes wrong in this operating room, which can happen, I’m going to live. I’m going to be visually impaired or whatever”.
“After my operation, everything went in my favor and six weeks to the day I was shooting.
“I checked with my consultant. I went to see him and said “I really want to go back to work, I thought I was going to be sick for more than three months”.
‘ And he said ‘yes, me too’. I said “am I crazy to go back to filming?” I said “they will take care of me”. And he’s like “you know what, if I couldn’t operate for six weeks I would go crazy and I can see the same with you”. So I was signed.
Warning signs: Nicki first realized she was sick when she went to do a voiceover and couldn’t remember the name of an executive producer she had known for 15 years
“The only thing I have is that I find it hard to read now, which is a small price to pay for my health. My concentration isn’t as good as it used to be. I find it hard to read books – I don’t know why. Other than that, I take it daily. I’m very grateful.
“The NHS are amazing and I will go for the win. That’s not going to define me. I will go on with my life.
‘Its important to me. Everyone handles everything very differently, but for me, it’s not Nicki Chapman with a brain tumor, it’s still about me.
Nicki first realized she was ill while working on BBC property program Escape to the Country when she went to do a voiceover and couldn’t remember the name of the executive producer , whom she had known for 15 years.
She later said, “I came back and did a photo shoot and I couldn’t see, I did a voiceover and I couldn’t speak, nothing would come out.” It lasted about five to ten minutes.
HOW DO TUMORS GROW?
Cancer cells initially remain in the body tissue from which they developed, such as the breast ducts.
Then they grow and divide to create more cells, which eventually become a tumor. A tumor can contain millions of cancer cells.
All tissues in the body are surrounded by a membrane that holds its cells inside. If cancerous cells cross this layer, the tumor is said to be invasive.
As a tumor grows, its center moves away from the blood vessels in the area where it is growing.
This causes the center to have less oxygen and nutrients, without which cancer cells cannot live. They therefore send signals, called angiogenic factors, which promote the formation of new blood vessels in the tumour.
Once a tumor has its own blood supply, it can grow rapidly by stimulating the growth of hundreds of new capillaries to bring it oxygen and nutrients.
As it grows, the mass exerts pressure on the surrounding structures. But how it enters these tissues is not fully understood.
One theory is that it forces itself into normal tissue. This blocks blood vessels, causing healthy tissue to die and making it easier for cancer to spread.
Many cancers also contain high levels of enzymes that break down healthy cells and tissues.
They also produce a mysterious substance, which growing research suggests stimulates them to move, but this is unclear.
Source: Cancer research in the UK