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Emmerdale fans beg Faith not to die after heartbreaking scenes

Sally Dexter as Faith Dingle
Emmerdale favourite Faith Dingle received the tragic news that her breast cancer had returned. (Image credit: ITV)

Emmerdale viewers were in tears during last night’s episode (Thursday, May 12) after fan-favourite Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter) received the devastating news that her cancer had returned. Now, fans are begging her not to die.

It was a dramatic Emmerdale instalment last night, which saw Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) brutally injured in a car crash and in a shock twist, Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) rescuing his enemy Cain from near death.

While these intense scenes unfolded, Faith was accompanied by daughter-in-law Moira Dingle (Natalie J. Robb) at the hospital.

Faith gets the news her cancer has returned in Emmerdale

Moira went along to Faith's appointment at the hospital with her.  (Image credit: ITV)

Faith was told the life-changing news that she had secondary cancer that had now spread to her lungs, bones and spine. 

She was then left speechless when she received the earth-shattering news that her cancer was treatable, but not curable.

Moira was stunned by the revelation and demanded to know why the cancer hadn’t been detected sooner on previous tests.

Faith reassured Moira that nobody was to blame, while the oncologist shifted her focus on what Faith wanted to do going forward in the future.

Faith gets the news her cancer has returned in Emmerdale

Faith was devastated when the doctor told her the cancer was not curable.  (Image credit: ITV)

“Am I gonna die? I mean, I know I’m gonna die, but…” a devastated Faith asked.

“Whilst I don’t think this is currently imminently life-threatening, I have to be honest with you. I’m afraid this is going to shorten your life,” the oncologist said.

Processing the shocking news was soon put on hold when Faith and Moira discovered that Cain and Chas had been involved in a car accident.

After Moira encouraged Faith to tell her children about the diagnosis, a tear rolled down Faith’s cheek as she looked through the window at Cain lying in a hospital bed while Chas comforted him.

Fans were distraught after watching the emotional scenes and begged for their favourite character not to die…

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Emmerdale has been working closely with the charity Breast Cancer Now for Faith’s secondary cancer storyline to ensure that it is a realistic and authentic depiction.

Sally also revealed how privileged she felt about being given this storyline: “It's upsetting, but really important as a storyline, because it's more than a storyline for so many people. It matters to people who are going through it as well as people who will go through it. I feel a sense of real responsibility, but also a privilege to be doing this storyline.”

Emmerdale airs Monday - Thursday at 7:30pm on ITV.

Grace Morris
Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!