Susanna Reid: GMB host reacts to ITV colleagues devastating cancer diagnosis

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Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid, 50, has reached out to her colleague and ITN editor Geoff Hill, 52, as he opened up about his cancer diagnosis in a candid new interview. The broadcaster explained that he is not “out of the woods yet” after undergoing gruelling treatments, including a stem cell transplant, 100 rounds of chemotherapy, 38 bone marrow biopsies, radiotherapy and has taken more than 6,000 pills.

Geoff, who has broken some of the world’s biggest events including the Brexit referendum and the London and Manchester terror attacks, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017.

The news came after he visited his GP for a routine blood test.

Susanna has since taken to Twitter and offered some kind words to her colleague in a candid post.

Sharing a link of his interview alongside news anchor Mary Nightingale, the GMB host praised Geoff for being “courageous”.

In view of her 829,500 followers, Susanna penned: “A courageous man – with an incredible support team. Sending strength @geoffhillitv @CureLeukaemia.”

Fans flocked to comment on the heartfelt post, as one wrote: “Well said Susanna. Absolutely incredible good luck Geoff Hill.”

Another commented: “Geoff Hill. Such a fine journalist and lovely guy.”

A third wrote: “That’s so sad. Sending him lots of love.”

In his candid interview, Geoff explained that he was “knocked sideways” by his diagnosis.

He added that “life can change so quickly” after he found himself in a hospital bed while having a stranger’s blood transfused into his body.

Geoff’s diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic left him in shock after being told he could have died within hours.

“I was out of breath, I had sweats and lack of energy, but you don’t think you’ve got blood cancer. No one does. But the signs are really important,’ explained Geoff to MailOnline.

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“The smallest virus could have killed me. If someone had sneezed, that could’ve been it. My immune system was totally compromised.”

He returned to the newsroom in 2018 but the following year he spent a month in hospital with sepsis.

Geoff suffered another relapse to his immune system in 2020 after doctors found cancer had spread to his bone marrow.

He made the decision to step down from his role last year as he underwent more procedures.

Geoff later suffered a seizure and was in a coma, as Mary said “very few expected him to still be with us”.

He is now hoping to get the CAR-T trial a form of immunotherapy that uses specially altered T cells — a part of the immune system — to fight cancer.

Geoff has since joined the charity Cure Leukaemia as their trustee and is being supported by his wife Natalie.

Visit cureleukaemia.co.uk for more information.

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