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Will Cindy Be OK on Chicago Fire? The Co-Showrunner Reveals What's in Store

Fans are still reeling from Cindy's lung cancer diagnosis. And as co-showrunner Andrea Newman says, there's a "tough road ahead."

By Christopher Rosa
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Chicago Fire Season 11, Episode 11 ended with a stunning revelation: that Christopher Herrmann's (David Eigenberg) wife, Cindy (Robyn Coffin), has lung cancer. The doctor suggested Cindy undergo surgery to remove the cancer, and that's what we see play out in Season 11, Episode 12, which aired Wednesday, January 18. 

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Unfortunately, though, Cindy's treatment isn't so simple. In the last few minutes of Episode 12, her doctor tells Herrmann that while Cindy did well in surgery, they couldn't remove all the cancer. 

"Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the margins clean," the doctor says. "She made it through the surgery well, but we weren't able to get all the cancer out. We removed what we could, but we found some in the lymph nodes, too, which means we have a fight ahead of us. Next step: chemotherapy and radiation." 


Of course, this news upsets Herrmann, who tells the doctor he and Cindy promised their kids she'd be alright. To this, the doctor says, "We got a great team here. And we're 'gonna do everything we can to help Cindy in this fight. Let's stay hopeful." 

So, what can fans expect? Will Cindy make it through her battle with cancer? Chicago Fire's co-showrunner Andrea Newman spoke to NBC Insider about the road ahead. Here's what she said: "It is going to be a rough road for the whole Herrmann family as Cindy battles lung cancer. There's a tough fight ahead, with no short cuts or easy solutions, but the Herrmann family, and the 51 family, will come together to help in all sorts of ways as the situation progresses." 

We see the 51 family help the Herrmanns in Episode 12, when Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) personally comes to the hospital to sit with Christopher while he waits for Cindy to come out of surgery. "I told you I'd be here for you if you need anything," Boden says to Herrmann when he arrives. If that's not indicative of Firehouse 51, we don't know what is. 

Watch Cindy's story unfold on Chicago Fire, airing Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC and next day on Peacock.