Published: 20:30, 25 January 2021
| Updated: 20:33, 25 January 2021
Kent MP Tracey Crouch is preparing to undergo radiotherapy - the next step in her fight against breast cancer.
The 45-year-old mum has already undergone a lumpectomy and gruelling chemotherapy since she was diagnosed with cancer in June, and has regularly kept well-wishers up-to-date with her treatment on social media.
This evening, she took to Instagram to share a mirror selfie of herself in a yellow hospital gown, writing: "Pre radiotherapy measure up and tattooing today.
"The whole appointment was super efficient & painless. My oncologist tells me compared to chemo it will be a breeze! Zapping starts next month.
"I rather liked the gown which coincidentally matched the yellow jumper I wore to the appointment.
"A sunny colour for positive vibes."
The Conservative MP, who lives in Aylesford, first noticed a lump measuring 33mm in her right breast in June, and had gone to the doctors the following day.
She paid to go to Kims private hospital near Maidstone and was given a mammogram, ultrasound scan and biopsy the same day which confirmed her worst nightmare.
Speaking previously to KentOnline, Ms Crouch said: "I was lucky because I paid, but I firmly believe this should be standard to everyone.
"Otherwise, I would have to wait six weeks for results and it's the waiting that is the terrifying bit."
Since then, she has been under the NHS care of Maidstone Hospital's top-class oncology department.
She had the lump removed on July 24, her birthday, and has since undergone chemotherapy, with radiotherapy set to begin next month. Radiotherapy is the use of radiation, usually x-rays, to treat cancer cells.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Ms Crouch spoke out about her experience with the disease which claims the lives of 11,500 a year in the UK - and urged women to regularly check their breasts and not put off seeking medical attention.
She is calling for the breast screening age to be lowered from 50 to 40, and for more medical professionals to be aware of the increasing number of younger women developing the disease.