Heartbreaking scenes between these TWO EastEnders legends tonight

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A scared Stacey pleads with Jean to get help this evening in EastEnders after she learns the truth about her mum

EastEnders is set tonight for touching scenes between Jean and Stacey Slater as Jean’s cancer threat is outed in dramatic fashion.

Having been told that she might have cancer, Jean (played by Gillian Wright) decided to keep this a secret from her family.

Stacey, though, is worrying about her mother’s behaviour and this evening Stacey (Lacey Turner) is stunned when Kat (Jessie Wallace) tells her that Jean might have cancer.

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“Will you calm down,” screams Kat, to which Stacey replies: “Calm down? You’ve just told me my mum’s got cancer!.”

Knowing that Jean is in The Vic, she marches over and tells her mum that she must go for tests straight away. But, in the moving scenes, Jean refuses to do what Stacey wants.

EastEnders Stacey Fowler and Jean Slater

Stacey confronts Jean about what's been going on, but Jean refuses to listen

Later in this evening’s EastEnders, Honey is worried about Jean when she sees her sitting on her own.

Shirley soon finds out about Jean and asks her why she didn’t tell her the truth. But a fragile Jean simply snaps back at Shirley, who’s left feeling frustrated.

All the attention quickly becomes too much for Jean. And when she hears Stacey and Kat chatting about her, she packs a bag and heads off to the station to escape her woes…

Will Stacey and Kat be able to find Jean? And, if they do, will she do what they want?

Meanwhile, also tonight, things are going rapidly downhill for Jay and Ruby. Jay (Jamie Borthwick) does his best to make things up, but it backfires and it looks like it could be all over for them.

Plus, Rainie (Tanya Franks) gets stuck into Stuart, gloating about what she overheard at the Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Obviously, Stuart (Ricky Champ) is furious, especially because she’s brought it all up in front of Dot (June Brown). Is Rainie risking her life by taking on Stuart?

EastEnders continues tonight on BBC1 at 7.30pm.

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