Max has recently enjoyed flirting with Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons) as he is frustrated over the lack of passion in his relationship with Tanya, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer last summer.
However, Max's attention will soon be diverted back to Tanya as she prepares for an important MRI scan, which will reveal whether her treatment has been successful.
Wood told All About Soap: "It's a life-changing moment for all the family, and it's affecting them in different ways. Lauren's drinking more, and Max and Tanya are tiptoeing around each other. Max misses the old Tanya and is praying the scan's clear so they can get back to some sort of normality.
"He promised Tanya he'd be there for her every step of the way, and he has stuck to his word so far. He's committed to her, and he loves her no matter what - I'm sure he'd be there for her if they got bad news."
Wood added that he was surprised when he first heard about Max's unexpected spark with Roxy.
"Rita and I couldn't believe it when we got the scripts," he said. "It's interesting to see them together - they're both in strange places at the moment."
EastEnders fans will see Tanya's test results revealed on Thursday, March 15 at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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