EMMERDALE icon Malanda Burrows fought back tears on today's Lorraine as she paid tribute to Deborah James amid her own cancer battle.
The actress, who played Kathy Glover in the soap, has stage three breast cancer.
Speaking today from her home in Huddersfield, she praised campaigner and podcast host Deborah, 40, who revealed yesterday she has entered end of life care after a five year battle with bowel cancer.
Malandra, 56, said: "My other great inspiration has to be the wonderful, incredibly amazing Deborah James, and lots of love sweetheart we're all thinking about you.
"And thank you for the inspiration you've given me, thank you."
Lorraine said it was a lovely tribute that would "mean the world" to Deborah.
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Malandra, 56, was heartbroken when a lump that she assumed was a cyst turned out to be cancerous.
The growth has been removed and she now needs six months of chemotherapy.
The soap star has her beloved pet pooch Teddy to thank for helping discover the tumour.
“It was so bizarre,” she said. “We were watching a movie together and she literally wanted to lie on my chest.
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"She’d never done that before. Nuzzling, sort of headbutting me, and this one night she kind of swiped me so hard with her head it really really hurt, so that same evening, before I went to bed, I checked myself and just thought, ‘Oh, she must’ve bruised me – it’s really painful’. And that’s when I felt this little lump – I thought it was a swollen gland.
“I feel so blessed. I was one of those women who didn’t have any symptoms, and without that i just dread to think where I’d be now. It’s astonishing and I’m so thankful to her.”
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