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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. 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."