EastEnders airs outcome of Lola's surgery

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EastEnders reveals outcome of Lola's surgeryBBC

EastEnders spoilers follow.

Lola Pearce has learned her cancer surgery was unsuccessful in EastEnders.

Wednesday's (November 2) visit to Albert Square was a heartbreaking one, as Jay accidentally gave Lola some false hope about how the emergency brain operation had gone.

The trouble arose when Jay overheard Lola's doctors talking about a difficult surgery that had been successful and wrongly assumed they were talking about Lola.

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Jay shared the news with Honey and Billy first, yet they were confused as they questioned whether he possibly could have heard things correctly.

Rather than wait to speak with the doctors, Jay tried to lift Lola's spirits by announcing that her surgery had been a success.

"You're going to be alright, you know?" Jay told a barely-conscious Lola.

Billy was furious at Jay for getting Lola's hopes up, telling him: "I know how much you love her and I know you're desperate for her to be okay, but just because you are desperate doesn't mean you can give her false hope."

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The doctors eventually confirmed that what Billy said was true, when they explained to Jay, Billy and Lola that while they were able to remove some of the tumour, it was impossible to remove it all.

"We can try and slow the regrowths with additional treatments, but I have to be clear, this isn't curable," the doctor explained.

When an angry Billy asked the doctor to explain the diagnosis more simply, Lola interjected to say: "It means he thinks I'm going to die, pop."

Lola actress Danielle Harold recently spoke about the process of filming the issue-based storyline, saying it has been "a humbling experience" to reflect the stories of people with cancer.

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"I’m so glad this story is being done, because it’s not previously had time dedicated to it in the soap," she told Inside Soap.

“It’s nice to highlight this when there is so little funding for brain tumour research in the UK. Other countries have developed more than we have; I hope it raises awareness and does some good.”

EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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Organisations including Brain Tumour Research, Macmillan Cancer Support and Stand Up to Cancer can provide help and support to those living with brain cancer and their loved ones.

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