Coronation Street's Jack James Ryan on past experience with cancer

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Coronation Street star Jack James Ryan has referenced a cancer battle of his own whilst supporting Victoria Ekanoye, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Recognised by fans as his Weatherfield counterpart Jacob Hay, he and Ekanoye (who played Angie Appleton in the soap) engaged in a Twitter conversation this week where he shared the news.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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In response to a Twitter fan praising Ryan's return to the soap, Ekanoye shared a supportive "Hear hear".

"I think you're class," Ryan wrote to her in reply. "Been so inspired by you opening up about your cancer journey and I'm sending you all the love and positive vibes. Had my own run in with it a few years back. You've got this. Big love!"

Ekanoye went on to respond: "Thanks JJ [heart emoji] I won't lie, it's one hell of a slog, but my family and friends, all the messages of support... feels like I have my own little army.

"I had no idea you battled the big C... what a warrior. And now you're smashing it on our beloved @itvcorrie. Much love and respect."

Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

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In 2020, Ryan spoke about his experience with cancer on the Industry Minds podcast saying that he was determined to come through the other side.

"My brother and mum started crying and I was just kind of in the middle. It was weird, really weird, as though time had stopped," he recalled.

"And then I always had this feeling that 'this isn't going to be the thing that kills me', I don't know why I was so confident!"

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.30pm on ITV.

Read more Coronation Street spoilers on our dedicated homepage.

Victoria is a patron for Prevent Breast Cancer and Sickle Cell Care Manchester. You can also find out more information about breast cancer and sickle cell disease on the NHS website.

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