EastEnders fans heartbroken by Stuart Highway diagnosis


EastEnders viewers were in tears on last night’s episode (Monday, December 6) after Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) received the devastating news that he has male breast cancer.

Last week, Stuart visited the doctor after a mysterious rash appeared on his chest. The doctor noticed a lump and referred him for a biopsy where he was officially diagnosed with male breast cancer, leaving him speechless.

Over the next few months, this important story will see Stuart facing challenges as he struggles with his diagnosis and opens up to his wife, Rainie (Tanya Franks).

Breast cancer in men is rare with only 370 new cases in the UK each year, compared to around 55,000 new cases in women. In addition, around 1% of breast cancer cases in the UK are in men.

Stuart is diagnosed with cancer at EastEnders

Stuart hid his health concerns from his wife Rainie. (Image credit: BBC)

Earlier in the episode, as Stuart anxiously awaited the results, he was determined to hide his concerns from the residents. He was delighted to learn that Rocky Cant (Brian Conley) had returned from the hospital after his heart attack and that Keegan Baker (Zack Morris) would be discharged from the hospital after being brutally attacked.

“Everyone’s fine, aren’t they, eh?” Stuart yelled, shortly before walking through the market with Rocky’s heavy bag and saying he was as “in shape as a butcher’s dog.”

But, soon his worst fear came true and he learned the shocking news that he had male breast cancer.

Stuart is diagnosed with cancer at EastEnders

Fans of EastEnders were heartbroken for Stuart as he received his heartbreaking diagnosis. (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders worked closely with Macmillan Cancer Support on this scenario to ensure that Stuart’s cancer ordeal is as realistic as possible.

Ricky Champ spoke about his powerful screenplay, saying, “I feel honored to be entrusted with such an important screenplay. We’ll see Stuart struggle with the fact that he has cancer, and learning that it is breast cancer is really hard for him to understand. Hopefully, as we shed some light on breast cancer in men, more men will be aware of it and seek medical attention if they notice anything wrong.

Emotional fans took to Twitter to express their grief for Stuart after he was diagnosed …

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EastEnders aired tonight at 7:30 p.m. on BBC1 – see our TV guide for full listings.