He struggles to process his diagnosis.
After revealing his male breast cancer diagnosis in EastEnders, Stuart Highway became violently abusive with his buddy Sonia Fowler.
Tuesday’s episode (December 7) picked up just after Stuart was informed of his illness by his doctor, as he violently threatened him before storming out.
Stuart persisted in his denial by showing up to the Vic and becoming increasingly inebriated during the night. Sonia became concerned when she spotted his coma.
Stuart was ultimately taken home by Sonia, who tried to persuade him to drink some water to help him calm down before he realized that Sonia’s mother Carol Jackson had breast cancer several years ago.
Sonia wrongly assumed Rainie had breast cancer as a result of Stuart’s queries, but Stuart bitterly clarified that he was the one who received the diagnosis.
Stuart became enraged when Sonia encouraged him not to ignore his health and shoved her against the wall, instructing her not to tell anyone what he’d revealed.
Stuart immediately recoiled in horror at what he’d done, while Sonia froze against the wall in fear over her friend’s physical outburst.
“Sorry for the inconvenience! It wasn’t my intention! I’m not sure what’s going on with me anymore “He was in tears.
While Stuart grieved in the other corner of the room, the duff-duff aired over Sonia while she contemplated her next move.
This episode kicks off a multi-episode plotline in which EastEnders teams up with Macmillan Cancer Support to raise awareness and support for men with breast cancer.
“It’s fantastic to see EastEnders broadcast this extremely important and sad narrative,” Macmillan Cancer Support’s Dany Bell stated this week. We hope it inspires individuals to become more aware of breast cancer symptoms, check their own chests on a regular basis, and seek treatment if necessary.
“Macmillan is here to offer advice and support to anyone affected by the plot, and we advise anyone having cancer-related signs or symptoms to see their doctor.”