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Coronation Street's Jack James Ryan reveals cancer battle while showing support to former co-star


Corrie’s Jack James Ryan says he’s ‘inspired’ by former co-star Victoria Ekanoye bravely discussing her breast cancer diagnosis – after he battled testicular cancer in 2017


Coronation Street actor Jack James Ryan bravely discussed his battle with testicular cancer on Friday.

Jack, 24 – who recently made a comeback to the cobbles as Jacob Hay – showed support to his former co-star Victoria Ekanoye, who played Angie Appleton in the ITV soap, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Jack offered his sympathy having been diagnosed with cancer back in 2017, and he went on to make a full recovery from the disease.

Candid: Coronation Street actor Jack James Ryan bravely discussed his battle with testicular cancer on Friday while offering support to Victoria Ekanoye who has breast cancer

Candid: Coronation Street actor Jack James Ryan bravely discussed his battle with testicular cancer on Friday while offering support to Victoria Ekanoye who has breast cancer 

Victoria responded to a fan podcast tweet praising Corrie bosses for bringing Jack back for another stint on the soap, writing: ‘Hear hear.’

Her tweet caught Jack’s attention, who applauded her bravery for speaking out about her cancer battle.

He replied: ‘Thanks so much Victoria, I think you’re class. 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! (sic)’

Inspiration: The actor offered his sympathy to his former co-star Victoria, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, saying he's been 'so inspired' by her

Inspiration: The actor offered his sympathy to his former co-star Victoria, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, saying he’s been ‘so inspired’ by her

Victoria responded: ‘Thanks JJ. 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 x (sic)’

Jack previously spoke about his experience in 2020.

He said: ‘My brother and mum started crying and I was just kind of in the middle as if time had stopped. 

Great news! Jack was diagnosed with cancer back in 2017, and he went on to make a full recovery from the disease

Great news! Jack was diagnosed with cancer back in 2017, and he went on to make a full recovery from the disease

Correspondence: Jack applauded her bravery for speaking out about her cancer battle on Twitter

Correspondence: Jack applauded her bravery for speaking out about her cancer battle on Twitter 

‘It was weird, really weird, as though time had stopped. 

‘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.

‘I also suffered and probably still do, my self esteem was quite low. I went through surgery, so many things began playing on my mind.’      

Scary: Victoria was feeding son Theo when she noticed a small lump protruding at the top of her left breast

Scary: Victoria was feeding son Theo when she noticed a small lump protruding at the top of her left breast

Victoria, who welcomed her first child in March with partner Jonny, discovered she had breast cancer through breast feeding.

She was feeding son Theo when she noticed a small lump protruding at the top of her left breast. 

The actress feared she would not be around for her baby but doctors believe a double mastectomy will cure her as the cancer was discovered so early. 

On set: Jack previously spoke about his experience in 2020 on the podcast Industry Minds (pictured as Jacob Hay in Corrie)

On set: Jack previously spoke about his experience in 2020 on the podcast Industry Minds (pictured as Jacob Hay in Corrie)

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