Caroline Aherne, Royle Family star, has lung cancer

Award-winning TV writer and comedian Caroline Aherne is recovering from treatment for lung cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support confirmed that the Royle Family star, who has previously had bladder and eye cancer, would speak at an appeal to improve cancer care in Manchester on 26 June.

Aherne, 50, said of the appeal: “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.”

The actress plans to help launch the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership, which will bring together cancer care providers and patients to better support those affected by the disease.

“It’s brilliant that all these big institutions want to make cancer care better for Manchester people, 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.

“The reason why the partnership has been formed is because all the partners recognise that the whole cancer care system is fragmented, meaning that people do fall through the cracks.

Aherne, who is currently the voiceover for Gogglebox, is known for having written and created the British comedy series and for playing one of its characters, Denise Royle. She also conceived and starred in The Mrs Merton Talk Show.

Here we have a rare shoot of the star at home.

EXCLUSIVE hi-res images can be found on our website www.scopefeatures.com

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