Rachael Bland has been battling breast cancer since November 2016

A brave BBC newsreader has announced her cancer battle is almost over - as doctors have warned she has just days left to live.

Rachael Bland, who works on Radio 5 Live, tweeted today to say goodbye to her friends, fans and listeners who have supported her throughout her intense illness.

"In the words of the legendary Frank (Sinatra) - I'm afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I'm told I've only got days. It's very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I've received. Debs and lozz will continue with the youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends," she wrote.

Rachael, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016, was out with son Freddie when she received the devastating phone call to break the news that her cancer could not be treated, and rushed home to break the awful news to husband Steve.

She had months of chemotherapy last year and lymph node surgery in February but biopsies showed her cancer was metastatic.

Rachael, 40, said in May she had "turned lab rat" by taking a new trial drug after being referred to the Clinical Trials Unit.

The presenter has been documenting her heart-breaking experience on her blog, 'Big C little me', and as co-host on the podcast 'You, Me and the Big C'.

Speaking about answering the call while out with her son, Rachael said: "My heart raced as I answered it, knowing a phone call did not bode well.

"Then came the words, 'I am so sorry, it's bad news. The biopsies have come back showing the same cancer is back and is in the skin'.

Rachael will spend the next few days with husband Steve and their son Freddie

"I watched my little Freddie innocently playing away in a tyre in the barn and my heart broke for him.

"I scooped him up and dashed home and then had to break Steve's heart with the news that my cancer was now metastatic and therefore incurable."

Speaking about her sense of pride, Rachael said in May: "It is a Phase 1b trial so very early in the process and I feel an odd sense of pride that I am one of fewer than 150 people worldwide who will test it.

"If it doesn't help me then I hope the data I provide will at some point in the future help others in the same position."

At the time, she added: "This is the real future of cancer treatment, personalised to the genetics of your tumour which may be totally different to those of someone else with the 'same' type of cancer.

"We are waiting and hoping. Whatever greater power you believe in, send us your collective prayers."