Love Island’s Demi Jones Reveals She Will Have To Take Hormone Tablets Forever While Fighting Cancer
Demi Jones has explained how she will have to take hormone tablets for the rest of her life after having her thyroid removed during her battle with cancer.
The Love Island star, 22, had a thyroidectomy on Monday and took to Instagram to emotionally update fans as she woke up from the surgery.
Speak with new! magazine in an interview prior to her surgery, Demi revealed she will undergo the next “iodine treatment,” saying, “I have a real journey ahead of me.”
Fighter: Demi Jones has detailed how she will have to take hormone tablets for the rest of her life after having her thyroid removed during her battle with cancer (pictured in hospital on Tuesday)
Demi told the publication that the second surgery is the complete thyroidectomy, to “get rid of my thyroid.”
She continued, “Then? I will be undergoing my iodine treatment which basically zaps away any remaining bits of my thyroid or cancer.
“It’s all kind of scientific to me, so I’m not a hundred percent sure, and I’ve got a real journey ahead of me. But it’s all treatable, so I should be all right.”
And speaking of the long-term effects of the surgery, Demi added, “I also need to take some daily hormone tablets, just to make sure all my hormones are up to scratch, because my thyroid will be gone.”
Brave: The Love Island star, 22, had another surgery on Monday to remove more of her thyroid, and took to Instagram to update fans when she woke up
Demi also posted an update on Instagram Stories on Tuesday as she recovered from major surgery in hospital.
The reality star said: she has now had a full thyroidectomy and showed the tube in her neck that connects to a drain, saying it’s the most ‘painful part’.
She went on to say she’s feeling “surprisingly better this time,” adding that it could be because “she’s been through it, so knows what to expect.”
Demi also shared her joy after her surgeon told her there has been an increase in the number of young women getting their lumps checked.
Great news! Demi also shared her joy after her surgeon told her there has been an increase in the number of girls getting their lumps checked since she talked about her cancer.
Making a change: The reality star said it was “so wonderful and satisfying” to know she’s raised awareness about the cancer (left) and showed the tube in her neck connected to a drain
What is a thyroidectomy?
A total thyroidectomy is surgery to remove the entire thyroid gland, while a thyroid lobectomy is when half (a lobe) is removed.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic.
During surgery, a doctor will make an incision in the front of the neck and remove the thyroid, taking care to avoid the parathyroid glands and larynx.
Patients who have had their entire thyroid removed must take replacements every day for the hormone it is said to have produced, thyroxine.
Most people are discharged from the hospital after a few days.
‘I just got the best news! My dear surgeon has just told me since speaking publicly about my thyroid cancer that there has been a significant increase in the number of young girls being referred and having lumps on their necks checked and he thinks it’s because of me. How wonderful!” the beauty wrote on Instagram.
Demi had surgery on Monday and emotionally alerted fans as she woke up by sharing a video of herself in her hospital bed.
Demi wrote: ‘I just woke up. The pain is so much worse this time. I slept for hours, nurses struggled to wake me up. Thanks for everyone’s kind messages.’
The former Love Island star gave her social media followers a closer look at her bandaged neck and moved the camera to her face before sliding it over her torso, which was covered in the sheets.
More surgery: Demi took to Instagram earlier on Monday to reveal that more of her thyroid was being removed and she would be spending several days in the hospital
View: The star shared another clip revealing the view from her hospital window at dusk as she once again thanked fans for their get well wishes
She then shared another clip revealing the view from her hospital window at dusk as she once again thanked fans for their well wishes.
“Thanks for everyone’s messages. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible,” Demi wrote.
Earlier on Monday, Demi took to social media to reveal that more of her thyroid was being removed and she would be spending several days in the hospital.
She said: ‘I’m now waiting for surgery to have my full thyroidectomy to remove any more cancer on the gland, I’m feeling a little anxious today as I have to stay for a few days, but I’m a tough guy. I’ll see you on the other side.’
It comes after Demi revealed she shared the shocking news of her thyroid cancer diagnosis with fans on social media before telling her family.
Brave Demi wrote: ‘I am now waiting for the surgery to have my full thyroidectomy to remove even more cancer on the gland’
Speaking on the ZeZe Mills show, Demi admitted she was in such shock when she learned she had thyroid cancer, the first thing she did was tell her followers on Instagram.
She said: “When I first found out it could be cancer I was in shock and crying because I went on social media, and I shouldn’t have done that because I hadn’t even told my family yet.
“I don’t even know why, I can’t even tell you because my head was jumbled and I was like, ‘Oh my God, guys!'”
The star also showed the two-inch scar she had on her neck after surgery to remove part of her thyroid, and stated she needed another surgery.
Demi had her first surgery last month to remove a tumor from her thyroid, admitting she was “incredibly concerned” about it.
Speak with The sun, Demi said she’s been approached by young girls who have told her it’s nice to see someone in the public eye who isn’t afraid to show their scar.
She said: “I was incredibly anxious because I had never had surgery before, and although it sounds crazy, I was concerned about the scar on my neck.
“Now I’ve decided to actually own it because I’ve had a few young girls message me who have had thyroid cancer and say it was nice to see someone with a scar.”
Demi has yet to undergo further treatment to destroy the remaining cancer cells.
Candid: Demi previously revealed she was concerned about having a permanent scar on her neck after surgery after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer (pictured)
It comes after Demi shared her ‘anger’ after six hospital appointments were postponed due to the Covid pandemic before she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
The TV star said “sobs” to her mother after a consultant explained to her that they should “cut” the golf ball-sized bump as “quickly as possible” after previously being told it was “completely clear.”
Demi said that if she had listened to the doctors, she might not have known she had cancer “in” her.
She added: “I felt scared and angry. I recently went out for coffee with a friend and said, ‘Why me? I don’t know anyone my age who has cancer.” But I’m lucky, my cancer is treatable.’
So sad: She recently revealed the shocking news that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after having previously removed a lump from her neck
WHAT IS SHIELD CANCER?
Thyroid cancer is a rare cancer that affects the thyroid, a small gland at the base of the neck that produces hormones.
Women are two to three times more likely to develop it than men.
Symptoms of thyroid cancer may include:
- a painless lump or swelling in the front of the neck
- swollen glands in the neck
- unexplained hoarseness that doesn’t get better after a few weeks
- a sore throat that doesn’t get better
- Difficulty swallowing
About 9 in 10 people live five years after diagnosis. Many of these have been cured and will have a normal lifespan.
Source: NHS Choices