Coronation Street is exploring the issue of 'right to die' in the soap as Hayley struggles with pancreatic cancer.

Warning: Spoiler Alert!

Julie Hesmondhalgh who plays Hayley, the first transgender character in the soap, will be leaving the soap after 15 years in a few months.

Over 7.69 million people tuned in to watch the aftermath of her latest news being revealed on the soap last night (September 4, 2013).

Speaking about the 'right to die' debate in Coronation Street, producer Stuart Blackburn said: "This is a very sensitive issue and we will be exploring the effects of her decision on husband Roy who has a huge emotional and moral dilemma over her choice to die this way.

"The palliative care Hayley receives is superb but she is scared that the pain relief can cause confusion and a loss of clarity.

"She is concerned she could regress to being Harold, she's already had one such nightmare.

"She wants to die in peace with clarity of thought, she wants to die as Hayley - the identity she has spent her whole life fighting for."

Hesmondhalgh said that filming the cancer storylines were "hard to do" and that they were "going to be pretty hard to watch".


"I feel the storyline really honours their relationship and their love story - it's fitting and it's proper and it's what people are living with every single day and I think it's important to tell those stories".

Both sides of the debate will be represented as Roy is strongly against Hayley's decision to end her life.