TVB actress Samantha Ko undergoing treatment for lumps in neck, head

Samantha Ko won the Best Supporting Actress at TVB's annual awards show for her role as a news anchor in 'The Queen Of News'. Photos: Samantha Ko/Instagram

TVB actress Samantha Ko is riding the wave of success in the past year with her star turn in the drama series The Queen Of News.

Ko clinched the Best Supporting Actress at TVB's annual awards show last year for her role as a news anchor in the hit series. This was her first award after 15 years in the industry.

However, her busy filming schedule as well as promotional activities have taken a toll on her health.

The 37-year-old beauty revealed that she was hospitalised last month after discovering lumps on her neck and head.

"I just finished filming an episode for Memories Beyond Horizon and was on a flight. I was massaging my neck when I suddenly felt a large lump on my neck. It felt hard ...

"I was really afraid. I continued to feel along my neck towards my head when I felt two more large, hard bumps. It hurt when I pressed on them,” she told Hong Kong media recently.

She quickly went for a consultation and, thankfully, was told that it wasn't a serious condition.

However, she did not disclose the cause of the lumps.

“I’ve improved a lot since. The doctor wants to continue monitoring it. The lumps are still there, so it might take some time (for me to heal). The doctor advised me to rest more,” the former Miss Hong Kong contestant said.

Due to the stress and worry from her current medical condition, Ko said her alopecia condition had also flared up.

It is reported that she experienced the disease that causes hair loss in 2011 and 2017.

"Recently, I am having the same symptoms again. I know it’s because of stress," she said, adding that she has gotten a few days off from filming to look into the matter.

Ko also told the media that she needs to learn how to handle her stress so that it will not compromise her health in the future.

"I am anxious when it comes to work. I push myself to the limit. This causes a lot of pressure and stress, so I need to learn how to adjust my mentality and relax more,” she said.

In March, Ko was in Penang with Hong Kong celebs such as Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung and Joey Yung to film the second season of Girls' Spectacular Journey.

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