EastEnders: Jean Slater records message about her cancer
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Jean Slater (played by Gillian Wright) has become the mediator for the Slaters and Fowlers. It comes after Mo Harris (Laila Morse) left Walford last week for a cruise, Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) is serving time in prison and Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) is too busy dealing with her new man, Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) to notice the troubled teenager Lily Slater (Lillia Turner) is causing. But all the drama seems to be taking it out of the EastEnders favourite who is suffering silently with cancer – or at least she thinks she has cancer. Express.co.uk spoke to Marie Curie about the steps Jean could be taking should she have her cancer worries confirmed by a doctor. And it seems she could say goodbye to The Square should she be unable to tell anyone what is going on with her.
Back in 2019, Jean battled ovarian cancer and the following year, she was given the all-clear.
Earlier this year, viewers watched as Jean found a lump in her breast.
She visited a doctor to get it checked out and the professional said would need to be referred for a biopsy in order to identify the mass, but Jean didn’t attend the appointment, fearing cancer had returned.
In another scene, Jean sat at her dresser and recorded a message, presumably for her family and friends.
She said: “The cancer is back. I know. I don’t need tests and results to tell me – I can feel it.
“So, I’m giving myself the best birthday present ever. I don’t want you to get cross but I’ve decided not to have treatment this time.
“Don’t get angry with me. I’ve thought about it and I can’t go through all that all again. I don’t want to.
“I know treatment is right for some people but not for me and not this time,” the matriarch continued.
“So, I’m taking a leaf out of Daniel’s book, I just want to knock back the painkillers and take each day as it comes. Doing what I want to do my way.
“After all, all we really have is today and I want all my today’s to be beautiful. Even if that means having a mug of tea and watching the rain, again.
“I don’t know where I will be when you get this or how I will be but now you know. It’s not up for discussion.”
Jean added: “I’m not off my medication, I’m not having an episode, I just want to spend my last few months the way I choose. I love you all so very, very, very much. I know you love me so just let me do this, okay?”
The soap has not confirmed or denied whether Jean definitely has cancer and is going to die from it.
Express.co.uk spoke to Marie Curie about terminal cancer and the steps Jean could take should her worries be diagnosed as cancer.
When asked whether there is a time someone should consider hospice care, Dr Laura Chapman, the Medical Director at Marie Curie said: “Hospices are there to provide treatment, care and support for people with a terminal illness, and their family and friends.
“Many people think that hospices are just places where you go to die but there’s more to it.
“Hospices are there to help people achieve the best possible quality of life in their final days, weeks, months or even years. This might be through managing a person’s symptoms or providing practical advice and support for them and their loved ones,” she added.
As for what care can be put in place to help someone, and whether a family member can take on the responsibility of caring for a loved one or if it has to be a trained medical professional, Laura continued: “Hospice care does not automatically mean being admitted to a hospice.
“There are lots of services for people in the community which can help them to stay at home comfortably with the support of their family.
“Marie Curie offers people access to a variety of care and activities at our hospices to help improve quality of life, such as breathlessness management and yoga classes.
“Family members are crucial in caring for someone who is terminally ill at home and we recognise how hard this can be for them, so we’re here to provide that support and respite for carers too,” she said.
With Jean struggling to confide in anyone about her worries, will she leave Walford for treatment in a bid to protect her family?
The matriarch has already said she might not be around for when Mo returns from her excursions.
And she previously panicked about Christmas and how Stacey is meant to come out of prison before the festive season, but Jean may not see her in time.
EastEnders airs tomorrow night at 8pm on BBC One.
About Marie Curie
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity.
The charity provides essential frontline nursing and hospice care for people with any terminal illness, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement
It is the largest charity funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK.
Marie Curie is committed to sharing its expertise to improve the quality of care and ensuring that everyone has a good end of life experience.
And they are calling for recognition and sustainable funding of end of life care and bereavement support.
Marie Curie’s information and support line is available for anyone with any questions about dying, death, bereavement and terminal illness. Call free on 0800 090 2309 or visit mariecurie.org.uk/help/support.
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