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EastEnders: what do you think of the cancer nurse storyline?


This week, we’re watching EastEnders … what did you think of it?

Last night EastEnders portrayed a cancer nurse talking about sexual health treatment with Tanya Jessop.

How do you think the cancer nurse was portrayed?


Readers' comments (3)

  • I think she came across quite well

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  • The cervical cancer story has raised awareness about the importance of screening.

    This week's home visit by the nurse left me with mixed feelings. The nurse was supportive and advised Tanya to have a frank and open discussion with her partner Max about sex. However, it was obvious that Tanya's mother Cara was eavesdropping on the conversation and any real nurse would have ensured their patient's privacy. The nurse could have also offered reassurance that having sex was safe - tackling the misconception that it would cause the cancer to come back. The physical effects of radiotherapy can make the vagina narrower and make sex difficult or uncomfortable but this information was also absent from the conversation.

    Overall, it's good that the soap is covering this story. It certainly does explore the impact of cervical cancer on sex and relationships but the advice from the nurse on this issue could have been more comprehensive.

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  • I very much agree with the comment above - it's good that EastEnders are tackling the storyline but they should be a bit more explicit where possible. Tanya was recently having a conversation in the pub where she said a doctor had "given her something" to help with sex - one presumes this would have been a vaginal dilator??? But it was really not clear and if the scriptwriters had been a bit breaver they could have helped to tackle the taboo of sexual difficulties after cancer treatment.

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