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Samantha Womack 'humbled' by support as she shares update on breast cancer battle

Watch: EastEnders star Sam Womack thanks fans for support after breast cancer diagnosis

Samantha Womack thanked fans for their support amid her breast cancer battle as she revealed she was about to start chemotherapy.

The former EastEnders star, 49, shared this summer that she had been diagnosed with the illness.

Opening up in a video on Instagram, she said she had been through a lumpectomy and lymph node removal and was now starting chemo.

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"I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been sending me love after I shared my story about battling with breast cancer," she said.

Samantha Womack says she prefers working in the theatre to TV roles these days. (David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Samantha Womack is battling cancer. (David M. Benett/Getty Images)

"So, just to tell you, I’ve had my operation, I had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal and I am now going to start my first session of chemotherapy tomorrow."

Womack, who is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in the BBC soap, said she felt "humbled" by all the support.

"I have read all of your stories and messages, they’ve blown me away, genuinely. I just wanted to say thank you," she said.

"I am very humbled by the fact that everyone has reached out and yeah so, I’ll keep you posted.

"Just a huge thank you, sending you all lots of love."

The actor revealed in August that she had been diagnosed with cancer.

She shared the news with her followers on social media as she paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John, after she lost her battle with the illness.

Tweeting a picture of them together, along with Newton-John’s daughter Chloe, Womack wrote: "This was the most magical of evenings.

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Samantha Womack played Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders. (BBC)

"Olivia and Chloe had come to see Grease in London and we had dinner together afterwards. I was so excited and in awe, she was my childhood.

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"I now start my own battle with this disease and am left feeling deeply moved."