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Royle Family star injects humour into her cancer battle

Writer and Comedian Caroline Aherne has spoken about how brilliant treatment and a sense of humour have helped her with her third cancer battle.

The Royle Family and Mrs Merton star gave a speech to medics and patients to help improve cancer care in Manchester.

Research by Macmillan showed the city has the highest number of people dying prematurely from the disease.

Elaine Willcox was at the partnership's launch:-

Caroline Aherne jokes she's "very special" having cancer three times

The award winning TV writer and actress Caroline Aherne, who is undergoing treatment for lung cancer related to a genetic form of the disease, joked about it being the third time she has faced the disease.

Aherne said: "My brother and I were born with cancer of the eyes, the retina, my mum told us only special people get cancer. I must be very special because I have had it in my lungs and bladder as well."

The Royle Family comedian gave a typically irreverent speech about her treatment and condition as she spoke to a gathering of 170 cancer patients, medics and carers at Manchester Town Hall for the launch of a new scheme to improve cancer care in the city.

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Royle Family star backs eye cancer campaign

The Royle Family creator Caroline Aherne is backing a new campaign to raise awareness of a rare form of eye cancer she suffered as a child.

The Royle Family star and Mrs Merton creator Caroline Aherne Credit: PA

Caroline, who revealed last week that she is recovering from lung cancer, has provided the voiceover for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) online video campaign aimed at highlighting key symptoms of retinoblastoma.

The 50-year-old has previously been treated for bladder cancer and retinoblastoma (Rb) which typically affects babies and young children.

Aherne said last week: "It is absolutely crucial that parents are aware of this horrible cancer and know what the early signs are so that treatment can be given as early as possible."

John Thompson: Caroline Aherne will keep laughing

Comedian and actor John Thompson Credit: PA Images

The comedian and actor John Thompson has told the Manchester Evening News that his friend Caroline Aherne "will keep laughing" as she battles lung cancer.

Thompson said: “She’s one of my oldest friends. We’ve worked together for years and I just wish her well.

“She’s quite stoic and I’d say to her: ‘Keep your chin up, I’m thinking about you always.’

“She’s got a brilliant sense of humour, as we all know, and that’s one of those things in this situation that will get her through it. I know no matter how poorly she is, she’ll be laughing.”

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Caroline Aherne 'will continue to narrate Gogglebox'

Comedian and actress Caroline Aherne, who revealed she is fighting lung cancer, said she wants to continue narrating hit Channel 4 show Gogglebox.

Comedian and actress Caroline Aherne. Credit: Jean/EMPICS Entertainment

She said: "I will be narrating this week's Gogglebox, and I will continue to narrate Gogglebox for as long as Gogglebox want me."

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Royle Family star Caroline Aherne fighting lung cancer

The award winning writer, actress and comedian Caroline Aherne has revealed that she is fighting lung cancer.

The Royle Family star and Mrs Merton creator Caroline Aherne Credit: PA

The Royle Family and Mrs Merton creator has been undergoing treatment for the cancer in Manchester.

Caroline, who was raised in Wythenshawe, revealed her fight as she backed a £3.4m bid to improve care for cancer patients in the city.

She said: “I’ve had cancer and my brother’s had cancer and we know how it affects people.

We’re lucky in Manchester to have some of the best bits of cancer care with places like The Christie, the Nightingale Centre and the Cecelia Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital and St Ann’s Hopice - and the last thing I want to do is knock the fantastic work that goes on in this city [...]

"But even the best doctors, nurses and managers on earth aren’t going to be able to understand what needs improving unless people affected by cancer in Manchester get involved and tell them what needs to change."

Actress, writer and comedian Credit: PA

“It’s truly shocking to learn that Manchester came bottom out of 150 areas in England for premature deaths from cancer. Our survival rates are a quarter lower than average and the number of people getting lung cancer is a third higher here than in the rest of England.

There are too many stories about bad communication leading to patients waiting too long and feeling ignored and abandoned and that same bad communication is contributing to poor statistics on cancer."