Actress Caroline Aherne has announced that she is currently undergoing treatment for lung cancer.
The actress has been undergoing the treatment in Manchester and has previously had eye and bladder cancer and managed to get over the disease.
Caroline is currently receiving treatment from Macmillan Cancer and she also supports the charity too.
Caroline is mostly best know for playing Denise in the hit sitcom The Royle Family and also more recently the narrator for Googlebox.
Talking to the Manchester Evening News 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.
She carried on in saying:
‘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,’ she added.
‘They’ve asked me to get involved and I’m really glad that I can do my bit to encourage Manchester people to speak up about where things do go wrong with cancer care.
‘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.
‘The partnership needs people like us to start explaining to all the institutions what needs changing so that these big, complex organisations can get together to make the improvements.’
We wish her all the best with the treatment.