EASTENDERS' viewers are in for upsetting scenes as Stuart Highway discovers the truth behind his illness.
In Monday's episode of the BBC One soap, Stuart's wife Rainie Highway notices he is acting shifty as he receives a text confirming his doctor’s appointment.
At the appointment, Stuart (played by Ricky Champ) finds out from his doctor that he has breast cancer.
After discovering the heartbreaking news, Stuart bumps into Rocky Cotton (Brian Conley) who collapsed last week.
Stuart helps Rocky back from the hospital with his bags, however, Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) guesses something is up with Stuart.
Tuesday's episode reveals how Stuart is really feeling about his diagnosis.
The character is in complete denial from his news, even threatening the doctor before running out of the appointment.
After helping Rocky, Stuart heads to The Vic where he begins to drink heavily.
Sonia spots him looking worse for wear and decides to take him home.
In his drunken state, he tells her what happened at the doctor’s and she tries to help him but Stuart snaps and pushes her against the wall before realising his mistake.
He apologises before breaking down, overcome with emotion.
Later in the week in Thursday's episode tensions rise after Rainie begins quizzing Stuart about why Sonia bought him home.
After hearing the news of Stuart's cancer, Sonia visits him to encourage him to tell Rainie, but he refuses, so she offers to accompany him to the appointment.
At the doctor’s office full of women, the doctor informs Stuart and Sonia that he will need surgery which makes him panic.
Things get more tense after Rainie spots Sonia and Stuart on their way back from the appointment.
Rainie confronts him and the breast cancer leaflet falls out on to the pavement.
Instantly Rainie assumes Sonia has breast cancer and, worried about telling his wife, Stuart goes along with it.
The week ends with Stuart desperately trying to convince Rainine not to talk to Sonia about 'her' breast cancer.
Rainie visits her anyway, and Sonia realises that she doesn’t know the truth.
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