In a recent episode, Carol informed her daughters Bianca (Patsy Palmer) and Sonia (Natalie Cassidy) that she was going to be tested for the gene and the outcome of the test is set to have implications for one of them when they discover that they too are a carrier.
She reacts very differently to her mother. We don’t want to scaremonger, we want to show every little moment of a woman going through this and the way it affects her children, brothers, sisters and parents.
– Executive producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Carol discovered she has breast cancer last month after finding a lump on her breast before Christmas. The soap has done extensive research into Carol’s story which is set to run throughout the rest of the year.
Lindsey Coulson, who plays Carol, this weekend spoke to The Telegraph and revealed that she is hoping to depict the story with “as much authenticity as possible” having known people who have been affected by breast cancer.
I suggested Carol drinking mint tea and green tea because I’m quite fired up about the nutritional side. For a while, I was so immersed in it, I almost believed I had cancer myself. It is a big fear for all of us. I’m following an alkaline diet, having read about the links between sugar and cancerous tumours. I’m interested in whether someone like Carol would have that knowledge too.
I’ve had a few acquaintances who have survived and a few who haven’t. I want to get it right for them. I talked to a chemotherapy nurse and what you go through is not pretty. The viewers will see it warts and all. Chemo is a toxic poison and you are not going to look great. People need to see that Carol is losing her hair. I’m for as much authenticity as possible.
– Lindsey Coulson
EastEnders airs Monday (8.00pm), Tuesday (7.30pm), Thursday (7.30pm) and Friday (8.00pm) on BBC One.