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Samantha Womack updates fans on treatment following breast cancer diagnosis | Ents & Arts News

EastEnders star Samantha Womack has thanked fans for their support since revealing that she is being treated for breast cancer, and provided an update on her progress.

The actress, 49, said she had a lumpectomy and is now about to start chemotherapy.

In a video she shared with her 86,000 followers on Instagram, she said: “I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent me love after I shared my story about fighting breast cancer.

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“So just to tell you where I was, I had my operation. I had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal, and I’m now going to start my first session of chemotherapy.”

Womack added, “I’ve read all of your stories and messages. They really blew me away. And I just wanted to say thank you. I am very humbled by the fact that everyone has reached out to them. So, I’m going to keep you posted.” Thank you very much and sending you a lot of love.”

Womack, formerly known as Samantha Janus, is best known for her role as Ronnie Mitchell on the BBC soap series EastEnders, in which she starred for 10 years until 2017.

She is best known for her role as Mandy in the British comedy Game On in the 1990s, and has appeared in a number of films, television series, and stage shows, including the comedy-drama Mount Pleasant and the spy thriller series Kingsman.

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She initially planned a singing career and represented the UK at the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest, performing Letter to Your Heart and placing tenth.

The actress revealed that she had breast cancer after posting a tribute to the Australian star’s death Olivia Newton-Johnwho fought a long battle with the disease, in August.

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And she posted on Twitter a photo showing her and her daughter Chloe with the grease star, and wrote: “Now I’m starting my own battle with this disease.”

The photo was taken when Womack was playing Sandy in the West End production of the hit show.

Friends of the actress including TV presenter Dennis Van Outen, All Saints singer Natalie Appleton and fellow EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite are among those who shared messages of support after her latest update, with Outhwaite writing: “My love. Sending you love, light and positive energy. You are very strong and I know that you will overcome all your obstacles.”

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