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Tracey Emin has organs removed and stoma bag fitted after cancer diagnosis

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Artist Tracey Emin has revealed she has had an operation to remove organs and a stoma bag fitted following her devastating cancer diagnosis.

The 57-year-old is now in remission following the procedure.

She told Artnet she had been working on a painting of a malignant lump when she felt a pain in her bladder, which turned out to be a tumour.

She said: "I had f***ing cancer and having half my body chopped out. I can feel more than ever that love is allowed.

"At my age now, love is a completely different dimension and level of understanding.

"I don't want children, I don't want all the things that you might subconsciously crave when you're young – I just want love.

"And as much love as I can possibly have. I want to be smothered in it, I want to be devoured by it. And I think that is OK."

Stoma bags are fitted to help people who have had bowel or bladder problems go to the toilet.

Speaking about the painting she was working on, Emin said: "It's exactly the same as my bladder with the tumour in it, before I knew I had the cancer – it's brilliant!"

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Among Emin's most famous works include the tent titled Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995 and My Bed, the latter of which earned her a Turner Prize nomination in 1999.

The bed was later sold at auction by Christie's for more than £2.5 million.

She was diagnosed with cancer in the spring before undergoing the operation in the summer.

Emin also said she had "only really got going in the last five years" and started to understand why she was painting.

The artist added that she had struggled to be patient with her body as it recovered from the operation.

She said: "Yesterday, I was crying because I wanted to paint and I didn't have the energy to do it."

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