EastEnders viewers were in tears tonight when Jean Slater was given a devastating cancer diagnosis.
The fan favourite, played by the brilliant Gillian Wright, received some heartbreaking news at the doctors in emotional scenes.
Jean finally went to get her crucial test results after spending the week hiding from her family in a caravan.
After emerging from the caravan, she told her daughter: "It’s alright Stacey. It’s alright. Everything is going to be alright. How could it not be?"
But things took a sad turn as Jean was told that her worst fears had been confirmed.
Jean was told that she is suffering from Ovarian cancer which had grown rapidly.
The doctor said: "I’m really sorry but our suspicions have been confirmed. You have Ovarian cancer. at the moment it looks like it’s stage 3 so time is of the essence."
Despite the shock news, Jean put on a brave face but remained silent.
Stacey said she would have tonnes of support at home and they were ready to deal with anything.
The doctor suggested Jean should be transferred back to the NHS rather than stay at the private hospital.
She then explained that Jean would need to start a course of chemotherapy in two weeks.
Stacey was shocked that it would take so long despite the urgency of the situation but was told it was standard procedure.
Raising more concerns, Stacey asked if the chemotherapy would interfere with her current medication of two lithium tablets a day.
The doctor eased Stacey’s fears, but Jean realised she was putting too much pressure on her daughter and decided to move out.
Fans now fear that Jean may be killed off.
Gutted EastEnders viewers took to Twitter after watching the heartbreaking scenes.
One viewer said: "NOOOOOOOOOO JEAN my god why her? No one deserves it"
Another added: "Oh no poor jean DO NOT KILL HER OFF!!"
A third said: "This Stacey / jean storyline on eastenders is honestly touching and really goes to show what amazing actresses they both are"
*EastEnders airs on BBC One on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesday and Wednesdays at 7.30pm
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