Sharon cancer speculation Y&R

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Young and Restless character’s cancer battle continues.

When Young and Restless ran out of original episodes, Sharon was grappling with the knowledge that her chemotherapy treatments hadn’t shrunk her tumor as much as hoped and she feared losing her breast. After undergoing another biopsy, Sharon was waiting to hear what her options will be moving forward. So, what might happen next?

It seems the storyline is intended to be a journey, so a quick fix isn’t likely. Sharon could undergo more treatments, perhaps with more mental and physical ramifications for the character (and her loved ones) to deal with before things take a turn for the better and she goes into remission.
Sharon chemo chair Y&R

Would the powers that be go so far as to have Sharon lose a breast or even undergo a double mastectomy? If they choose to go that route, it’s almost certain Sharon would get reconstructive surgery. This would certainly take the storyline to another level with emotional drama, which has been a strong point of the story so far, with some important beats being played that have resonated with viewers.

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If the writers elect to continue Sharon’s breast cancer battle one way or another over time, there is always the chance that her relationship with Rey could be tested, or that she’ll feel the need to seek comfort from a man she’s had a deeper past connection with. If that man were Nick or Adam, and they wanted to be there for her in any way she needed, their current relationships would be affected. A prolonged battle could also cause issues for her children in their lives.
Sharon, Rey comfort Y&R

Given Young and Restless has taken some criticism of how they’ve portrayed the realities of breast cancer, specifically with Sharon keeping her hair, managing to continue with her day-to-day activities, and wearing a low-cut gown with no chemo port showing, a decision could be made to hurry the story to a conclusion once the soap returns.

Could Sharon die? It’s unlikely that’s where this is headed, but never completely out of the realm of possibility on a soap opera. It would be extremely shocking if that were to be the outcome and would have long-range fallout for many characters.

What do you think will happen in Sharon’s storyline? How do you think it should play out? Share your thoughts in the comment section, then read our Young and Restless spoilers to find out which classic episodes are airing during Villains’ Week.

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