Eastenders’ Samantha Womack has revealed she’s cancer free five months after devastating diagnosis
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The Eastenders star, 49, revealed details of her distressing diagnosis to the public in August earlier this year. The news followed the death of actress Olivia Newton-John who passed away at the age of 73 following her own battle with breast cancer.
The actress said: "It was just at the beginning of her diagnosis and what struck me was her journey had been 30 years and she was at the end and I was just at the beginning.”
Speaking to a national newspaper about her latest health update, she said: “Now I’m just having some treatment as I go back to work, as a prevention – it was crazy, I was doing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – the producers there were amazing and gave me time off.”
She added: “My treatment is ongoing for breast cancer. The surgery was quite difficult to recover from just because it’s quite tender when you have lymph nodes removed. There’s a few mobility issues at the beginning.”
Previously appearing on This Morning to discuss her diagnosis, Womack said: "I was lucky, it was less than two centimetres, I had a lumpectomy, which is just a piece of tissue removed and five lymph nodes.
"The mad thing about cancer when you have it, is you understand there are so many different roads, different diagnoses, it is a terrifying world,” she told ITV show hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
She added that the lump was only discovered during a random check-up and that she ‘didn’t feel unwell’ nor did she find any cause for concern. “There had been a lot of illness around our friends and family and I just thought I’d get a random check and I had an ultrasound, and it showed a little shadow - at that point it could be anything, a cyst… then I had further investigations and then that diagnosis,” she said.