This is not the sort of subject we would usually tackle here at Back On The Street, but solidsandie has written to say:
Wikipedia states that Pat Phoenix was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1983, and this prompted her decision to leave The Street, but she kept her diagnosis secret. Is this true?
Absolutely not, as far as we know, solidsandie.
In 1983, Pat Phoenix had a breast cancer scare, but this proved to be groundless. She spoke to the Press about the subject, and her relief that she had nothing to worry about. She was in excellent spirits. She stated that the security of The Street was fine, but she was a bit of a "gypsy" and had to move on.
Having left The Street, she joined TV-am, appeared in the theatre, and the TV sitcom Constant Hot Water.
Interviews from the years 1984 and 1985 reveal that Miss Phoenix was apparently thoroughly enjoying her new life.
According to the newspaper sources of 1986, Miss Phoenix's lung cancer diagnosis came in March of that year.
This fact is also reported in the Year 2000 TV tribute - The Unforgettable Pat Phoenix. See below.