The way Coronation Street handled the death of Alma Sedgewick in 2002 was typical of the way cancer is treated by scriptwriters, Cancer Research UK said.
The character, played by Amanda Barrie, died within a few months of being diagnosed and without contracting any of the symptoms.
"It happened too quickly," said Julia Frater, a cancer information nurse at the charity.
She said the problem was that writers almost always tried to fit the disease round the plot, rather than the plot round the disease.
"This does not really help us or people with cancer. I think if more effort was put in, drama could both entertain and inform."
Monday, April 04, 2005
An interesting article by Nick Triggle on BBC News about the way in which TV and film tends to portray illness.