Samantha Womack opens up about her future after cancer battle

The EastEnders star wants to take some time off

Samantha Womack says she prefers working in the theatre to TV roles these days. (David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Samantha Womack was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. (Getty Images)

Samantha Womack has opened up about her future following her battle with breast cancer.

The former EastEnders star was diagnosed with the disease in 2022 and was recently declared cancer free following a lumpectomy and chemotherapy.

Read more: Cancer survivor Samantha Womack supports striking nurses, who 'have to fight back'

Talking to OK Magazine, Womack has discussed what she has planned for 2023 as she wants to focus on improving her health: "I’ll be doing everything I can with nutrition. I’ll be changing my diet, the way that I live, the amount of stress that I have. I’m absolutely going to make sure that I do everything I can to be as healthy as possible and to just look after my body."

London. UK.  Samantha Womack (formerly Samantha Janus) in a Q & A discussion about appearing on the TV series Who Do You Think You Are Live. Olympia, London. 23rd February 2013. Ref:LMK326-43132-240213. Matt Lewis/Landmark Media.  WWW.LMKMEDIA.COM.
Samantha Womack is now clear of breast cancer. (Alamy)

She also revealed that she was undergoing preventative treatments to stop her cancer from returning: "I had surgery quite quickly, a lumpectomy and now I am just having some treatments while I go back to work, as a kind of prevention."

Womack also confessed that she fears her cancer will return despite the treatment: "It’s weird because you’re cancer-free… for now. Anyone that’s had cancer will know that it will always be something you have to consider may come back at some point."

Samantha Womack arriving for the 2014 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.   (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Samantha Womack fears her breast cancer will return. (Getty Images)

She added: "It would be crazy to say it’s not a thought that lives in your everyday brain, but it’s how that voice affects you. The truth is none of us know... To focus on worrying would be a waste of the time I’ve got."

Announcing her diagnosis last August following the death of Olivia Newton-John from the same disease. At the time, she shared a picture of herself with the Grease star and wrote: "This was the most magical of evenings. 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. I now start my own battle with this disease and am left feeling deeply moved."

Watch below: Samantha Womack on being cancer free just five months after diagnosis.