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Jade Goody 'has months to live'

Mr Clifford says Jade Goody is now getting her affairs in order

Jade Goody has been told she has only months to live, her publicist Max Clifford has said.

Mr Clifford said doctors at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London broke the news to the former reality television star on Friday.

The mother-of-two is now getting her affairs in order and making plans for her sons' future, he added.

Last week Goody underwent a successful operation to remove a cancerous tumour from her bowel.

Mr Clifford said: "She was aware that the cancer had spread but they said unfortunately it was a question now of when rather than if and when she pressed them as to how long she'd got, they said 'months'."

The 27-year-old learned last week that cervical cancer diagnosed in 2008 had spread to her bowel, liver and groin.

She's being incredibly brave and positive about all of this
Max Clifford on Jade Goody

Mr Clifford said her family were trying to cope after finding out her cancer had become terminal.

He also said Goody's boyfriend Jack Tweed had proposed to her in hospital after receiving the news.

"It's been very difficult for Jack, he proposed to her yesterday and they are going to be getting married as soon as possible," said Mr Clifford.

"Both boys are going to be christened also, Jade is taking control of the situation.

"She's being incredibly brave and positive about all of this."

Experimental drugs

He said Goody would have to explain to her children - Bobby, aged five, and four-year-old Freddy - the severity of her condition.

Mr Clifford added that Goody was hoping to spend a few days away from the Royal Marsden next week to be at her Essex home with her family.

Goody is understood to have been receiving an experimental drug to fight her illness.

Topotecan, which is still being tested in the UK, has been used in cases when patients have not responded to other medicines.

Goody has already undergone chemotherapy to combat the disease.

Speaking after surgery on 6 February, she said: "The hard truth is I'd be dead if they hadn't cleared the blockage in my bowel.

"The tumour made me constipated and caused my body to start bloating.

"My biggest fear was that I would have to have a colostomy bag."

Goody has continued to appear on television and speak to the press throughout her treatment.

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