Soap News: GH’s Finola Hughes on Anna’s Cancer Diagnosis, Billy & Chloe Reconnect on Y&R and more!

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Finola Hughes has shared her thoughts about her character’s cancer diagnosis in a new blog post (read it here in on Medium). After having played super-spy Anna Devane on both General Hospital and All My Children for over 30 years, Hughes speaks about Anna’s newest challenged, being diagnosed with polycythemia vera, a rare form of blood cancer. PV for short is one in a group of rare blood concerns known as MPN (myeloproliferative neoplasm). MPNs combine affect about 200,000 people in the U.S. and symptoms include fatigue, headaches and dizziness and these symptoms can progressively worsen over time and not only impact the lives of patients but also their caregivers.

“When the producers told me they had chosen my character to bring such an important topic to the show, I wanted to make sure that I could get it right. So, as I was preparing to play a patient on screen, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to sit-down with a real-life PV patient Linda. She told me firsthand about her diagnosis and the everyday struggles and frustrations of living with a rare disease. In fact, patients with rare diseases often face a long and frustrating road to diagnosis and difficulties accessing the resources and support they need to cope with their disease. The most important piece of information I took away from my one-on-one with Linda is how crucial it is to advocate for your care and talk to your healthcare team about treatment and support options to manage the disease.”

Click here to read more from Hughes’ blog post. Far Disease Day is observed this Tuesday (Feb. 28). You can also learn more about MPN at VoicesOfMPN.com. Check out the PSA above and read Hughes’ interview with Daytime Confidential for more. Y&R is also doing a topical storyline, you can learn more about Jill’s battle with heart disease here.

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— This week on General Hospital (City/ABC): Laura (Genie Francis) fails Tracy (Jane Elliot) on Monday (Feb. 27). Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) learns the truth. Sonny (Maurice Benard) looks forward to a future with Carly (Laura Wright). Julian (William deVry) gets a lucky break. Finn (Michael Easton) apologizes to Hayden (Rebecca Budig). On Tuesday (Feb. 28), Carly considers her future with Sonny. OG Olivia’s (Tonja Walker) plans are thwarted. Finn makes a sacrifice. Michael (Chad Duel) confides in Sonny. Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman) offers Nelle (Chloe Lanier) a little friendly advice.

Franco (Roger Howarth) makes efforts to stay close to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) on Wednesday (March 1). Julian’s days are numbered. Nelle plans her escape. Jason (Billy Miller) breaks his promise. Alexis turns to Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) for help. On Thursday (March 2), Jason and Franco go toe to toe. Michael is blindsided. Elizabeth gets devastating news. Nelle decides to come clean. Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) looks for answers.

On Friday (March 3), OG Olivia has Julian cornered. Robin (Kimberly McCullough) fears for Anna’s (Finola Hughes) life. Monica (Leslie Charleson) helps Alexis through a difficult time. Jordan interrogates Ava (Maura West). Nelle wants a future with Michael. Coming soon: Griffin (Matt Cohen) puts himself in harm’s way.

— For those who missed it, Scrubs are having another baby! Robin shared with Anna that she and Patrick are expecting. Check out the scene below.

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— This week on The Young and the Restless (Global/CBS): Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) resorts to desperate measures on Monday, Feb. 27 (Canadian airdates listed throughout), which involves asking Jill (Jess Walton) to help pay for Scott’s (Daniel Hall) ransom. Colin’s (Tristan Rogers) luck turns around. Cane (Daniel Goddard) receives a proposition at Brash & Sassy. Will Victor (Eric Braeden) write his own memoir?

Victor plays hardball on Tuesday (Feb. 28). Jill struggles with her new lifestyle. Kevin (Greg Rikaart) accepts a dangerous assignment. On Wednesday (March 1), Jill gets a reminder of her colourful past. Faith (Alyvia Alyn Lind) acts out. Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) reminisces with Billy (Jason Thompson).

Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) make up for lost time on Friday (March 2). Victor delivers somber news. Ashley (Eileen Davidson) surprises Jack (Peter Bergman).

— Join The Young and the RestlessMelody Thomas Scott (Nikki) and Sharon Case for a Facebook Live this Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT on Y&R’s Facebook page.

— Keep these dates in mind: The Young and the Restless will be pre-empted this March for CBS’s coverage of NCAA’s March Madness: Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 — new episodes on CBS resume on Monday, March 20. This means it won’t air on Global on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16, with a new episode airing on Friday, March 17 in Canada.

Cait Fairbanks is joining the cast of Y&R as a “free-spirited, fun-loving” singer Tessa Porter beginning Thursday, March 23 (Canadian airdate; March 24 in the U.S.). Check out Cait’s YouTube channel here. She’s previously appeared on CSI: New York, Two and a Half Men and The Middle, as well as an off-Broadway production of Heathers.

Eileen Davidson’s (Ashley, Y&R; ex-Kristin, DAYS) mystery novel “Dial Emmy for Murder” is being optioned as a film. The actress and reality star (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) tells BravoTV.com’s The Daily Dish that she’s in the middle of writing the second draft for the movie version, with hopes of filming it this summer. She’ll also be starring and producing it.

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— In case you missed it, Days of our Lives has been renewed by NBC for a 52nd season. Click here for more on the renewal.

— This week on Days of our Lives (Global/NBC): Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) accuses Brady (Eric Martsolf) of being in love with Nicole (Arianne Zucker) on Monday (Feb. 27). Sonny (Freddie Smith) makes a pitch to Victor (John Aniston) to make him the successor to Deimos on Tuesday (Feb. 28).

On Wednesday (March 1), Chad (Billy Flynn) offers Abigail (Marci Miller) a job. Nicole makes a desperate move on Thursday (March 2). Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Rafe (Galen Gering) learn about big changes at the Salem PD on Friday (March 3). Eduardo (A Martinez) vows not to give up on Kate (Lauren Koslow). Coming soon: Steve (Stephen Nichols) learns a shocking truth about his past.

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— This week on The Bold and the Beautiful (CTV Two/Global): On Monday (Feb. 27), Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Liam (Scott Clifton) make an announcement to their friends and family about their wedding. Sally (Courtney Hope) and Shirley (Patrika Darbo) take drastic measures to infiltrate Forrester Creations. Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and Quinn (Rena Sofer) find themselves in a situation where the temptation becomes unbearable on Tuesday (Feb. 28). RJ (Anthony Turpel) takes a special interest in Forrester Creations’ most recent intern applicant.

Spectra Fashions falls upon hard times forcing the entire company to make sacrifices on Wednesday (March 1). Thomas (Pierson Fodé) and RJ meet resistance from the rest of the Forrester Creations crew regarding the new intern. On Thursday (March 2), Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) gives Bill (Don Diamont) a thoughtful gift. Charlie (Dick Christie) talks to Pam (Alley Mills) his suspicions regarding Ridge and Quinn’s relationships.

Bill takes Brooke somewhere special to prove how much he loves her on Friday (March 3). Ridge and Quinn discuss the next step in their relationship.

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