BBC newsreader Kate Williams has revealed that she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last summer.

Williams, who works for BBC Radio 5 Live, spoke about her diagnosis with cystic peritoneal mesothelioma on the station's You, Me and The Big C podcast.

This rare form of cancer affects the abdominal cavity, the large space in the body bound by the abdominal walls, diaphragm and pelvis.

Williams said of the cancer: "If you look at the medical literature, they often quote 153 cases in the world.

"And in the UK I know of three other people, mainly through a Facebook group that I joined.

"If you look at mesothelioma it's not a nice one to look at. It's very aggressive, malignant, quite often caused by asbestos."

The newsreader, who is married with two children, said she underwent "the mother of all surgeries" to combat the disease.

"It's called MOAS, mother of all surgeries", she said.

"It's official name is cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC - which is hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

"So they took out the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, greater omentum, lesser omentum, pelvic peritoneum, another bit of my peritoneum.

"I was really lucky I didn't have a stoma. And then they pump you full of heated chemotherapy which has been heated up to 42 Celsius, so that circulates around inside you for about an hour.

"I keep saying I'm lucky or it wasn't too bad, my surgery was only about six hours, which you know, people say 'oh six hours' but some patients who have this it's 12 to 14 hours."

The full interview is available on BBC Sounds now.