EastEnders star Samantha Womack reveals she is cancer free five months after diagnosis

EastEnders Former student Samantha Womack has revealed she was cancer free five months after she was first diagnosed.

The actress, who played Ronnie Mitchell on the soap, shared her breast cancer diagnosis in August, but after a lumpectomy and chemotherapy she has received good news and is looking to get back to work on a West production End of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

In a video for OKAY! Alongside partner Oliver Farnworth, Womack said: “I had surgery pretty quickly, a lumpectomy and now I’m just doing treatments while I’m going back to work, as a sort of preventative… Producers [of the stage show] were fantastic and gave me time off.

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“My treatment is ongoing for breast cancer. It was quite difficult to recover from the operation just because it’s quite sensitive when the lymph nodes are removed, there are mobility issues at the start.

“The first round of chemo was pretty hardcore, really, it was pretty toxic – we were lucky because I was able to recover in Spain, Ollie and Wallie [the dog] picked me up at Valencia airport. It was in the middle of a thunderstorm. I had just had chemotherapy and these guys came to get me.

“The turnaround was very quick. I had an ultrasound, just as a precaution, there was no lump or anything, so I was lucky to have a routine ultrasound . And something happened and luckily I figured it out really quickly.”

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“I’m so grateful for my life. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s almost like I can see the beauty in everything now,” she added. “As if everything was special. I keep crying, because I’m happy.”

EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show is also streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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