Victoria Ekanoye has opened up on the devastating moment she was told she wouldn't be able to have more children after cancer treatment.
The 40 year old was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2021 – just six months after she gave birth to her baby son Théo.
And the Coronation Street star says it was "like a punch in the stomach" to hear that she couldn't have more children, as her and parter Jonny Lomas were "discussing" having more.
Speaking exclusively to OK!, Victoria said: "Being told that felt like a punch to the stomach. The medication I need to take will turn off my ovaries, which will push my body into the symptoms of early menopause.
"Before the news, Jonny and I had discussed having more children and with the birth complications due to my sickle cell disease, we thought maybe we’d be OK with just one, but then when you’re told that and the decision has been made for you, it’s very different."
She added: "It makes you really start thinking about all the reasons why you did want more."
Victoria will take tamoxifen for the next five years, which works by blocking the receptors on the breast cancer cells from the oestrogen they need to grow.
She will also receive an injection of goserelin once a month. This drug works by turning off the ovaries to stop the body producing oestrogen.
Not only will the latter send Victoria into early menopause, but it could also affect treatment for her sickle cell anaemia – an under-recognised but complex genetic blood disorder.
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However, Victoria is admirably optimistic about the impact these new drugs will have on her.
"My mum received tamoxifen when she had breast cancer and she said the hot flushes were a lot, but she pushed through it and so will I," she said.
"Goserelin can cause issues with your bones, which is already a concern because of my sickle cell.
"So, I am worried, my body is dealing with a lot, but I’m optimistic and doing whatever it takes."
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