EastEnders spoilers follow.
Lola Pearce's doctors have confirmed that her cancer is terminal in EastEnders.
Thursday's episode saw Billy Mitchell at odds with Lola's boyfriend Jay Brown because Jay had accidentally misheard Lola's doctor's speaking privately about the success of another patient's surgery.
Honey and Ben had to pull an irate Billy away from throttling Jay after Lola kicked them both out of her hospital room. Jay broke down as he realised Lola had no other viable options to get rid of the tumour.
Jay later returned to Lola's bedside to apologise, but learned she'd sent away the doctor because she wasn't ready to hear what they now know is inevitable.
"If he says it out loud, then that makes it true, don't it?" she asked Jay.
When the family gathered around Lola, they got Lexi on the phone, but Lola couldn't bring herself to tell her daughter the operation had failed.
The doctor soon returned; this time, Lola asked her family to stay with her as they faced this tragic news together.
It was explained to Lola that she'd need to come in for low-dose treatments of radio and chemotherapy, but that this was palliative care. Lola was most concerned with whether she could continue working.
"I have to work. I want to keep things as normal as possible until I die," she explained. "Guys, I don't want to feel scared of saying that, okay?
"I don't want people pussy-footing around me and pretending it's not going to happen because it is, isn't it? I am going to die."
The plan now would be to begin treatment and continue scans to slow the rate of the tumour's growth to give Lola more time.
"We're going to do our best for you," the doctor promised.
The family once again rallied around Lola, with Billy promising they'd be with her "every step of the way". Honey, Ben and Jay all promised the same — "every step".
EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
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