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Caroline Aherne speaks about her fight against cancer

Royle Family creator Caroline Aherne has spoken of her fight against lung cancer as she backed a campaign to improve care in Manchester.

The award-winning TV writer and actress joked about it being the third time she has faced the disease and described her own Macmillan cancer nurse as being "like an angel".

Caroline Aherne is undergoing treatment for lung cancer related to a genetic form of the disease.
Caroline Aherne is undergoing treatment for lung cancer related to a genetic form of the disease. Credit: ITV News Granada

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."

Watch: Caroline's Aherne's speech on ITV News Granada's website

Aherne and her brother had eye cancer as babies

Caroline Aherne and her brother Patrick were both diagnosed with a type of eye cancer as babies.

Aherne's sight was saved, but her brother had to have his right eye removed to prevent the cancer spreading.

TV comic Caroline Aherne
TV comic Caroline Aherne Credit: PA

Known as retinoblastoma, it is genetic and can lead to children losing both their eyes and at higher risk of developing further cancers in adulthood.

Aherne, who has been working with the trust on a campaign to highlight signs of the condition, said, "It is absolutely crucial that parents are aware of this horrible cancer."

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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."

Read: Royle Family star Caroline Aherne fighting lung cancer

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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."

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