Fellow dancer Graziano di Prima told Radio Times: "To be honest with you, we didn’t expect that. The fact that Amy’s come in here – there are no words to describe her strength right now.
"We are a family. You could see people from production and those who work behind the scenes, and the lighting crew, and the audience – everyone together supporting her."
Dowden echoed di Prima's sentiment at the time, sharing: "That’s something I’ve really noticed, in the last few months in particular: my Strictly family on and off the show."
Dowden has expressed her gratitude for the support she's received on numerous occasions but in one of her latest updates from the past week, she opened up on how difficult she's finding a specific aspect of her treatment.
Touching upon her struggles with hair loss, she said in a candid Instagram video last Monday: "So many messages asking me how I'm coping with the hair loss and I'm not gonna lie, it is really hard.
"I think I cry less now. To begin with, it was every day, but now I have meltdowns when I wash my hair once a week.
"For the last two weeks now, I haven't brushed my hair and that has definitely helped.
Amy Dowden has regularly shared updates from her treatment for cancer
"Since I came out of hospital with the blood clots, I stopped brushing it myself because I was just getting distraught seeing how much was falling out."
Dowden has been showing off her headscarves and wigs she's been using as a result and while she conceded she'll have to shave her hair off at some point, she admitted: "I will get to that point... but I'm just not ready yet."
Waite's tribute to Dowden comes as he discussed with GB News his and fellow dancer Vincent Simone's joint UK-wide tour, The Magic of Dance.
The pair are performing up and down the country this September with tickets available for shows in Darlington, Burton-on-Trent, Eastbourne, Middlesbrough, Barnstaple, Epsom, and Felixstowe.