Holby City’s Adrian “Fletch” Fletcher (Alex Walkinshaw) has been through the works recently after learning he has prostate cancer. The Head of Nursing had been suffering worrying symptoms and finally underwent a test before receiving the devastating diagnosis.
He has been fully supported by his family and work colleagues, especially by fellow nurse and pal Essie Di Lucca (Kaye Wragg), who is also battling a brain tumour after her cancer diagnosis in 2016.
And while Fletch has a lot to deal with as it is, next week he’s due another crushing blow as he receives more concerning news about his health.
After two surgeries he had hoped his prostate cancer ordeal is over, but a big setback is on the horizon for the optimistic patient.
But it looks like there’s going to a fair few more bumps in the road to remission.
Is his cancer back?
There has been speculation that Fletch might not make it after the diagnosis that left many fans heartbroken.
Viewers watching the episode that aired earlier last month hope he could pull through and fight it, taking to Twitter to share their words of encouragement and pleas that BBC won’t write him out.
One fan said: “Fletch totally HAS to fight just as hard as Essie, they’ve both got kids & far too much to lose sadly.”
Another insisted: “I swear they’d better not kill off Fletch.”
A third wrote: “Oh Fletch you have to fight this you have kids. I hate f*g cancer so much. Nobody should have to go through this.”
“If Holby kills Fletch off I shall be unhappy af. I think that Essie is going to cark it and I hope that they don’t kill Fletch off too, it’ll mean that Ange leaves as well probably.”(sic) said a third.
A fourth noted: “Obviously either Essie or Fletch are gonna lose their cancer battle sadly but which one? #HolbyCity.”
Next week is going to be an excruciating wait for Fletch until he gets answers, but fans hope it’s good news for the veteran character while they both continue their treatment.
Essie will be put on a new treatment for pancreatic cancer and tells her friend she’s starting to feel herself again, which is positive news.
Meanwhile, the two medics find themselves warming to a young patient named Jasper, who has also been diagnosed with bowel cancer.