Comedian Aherne speaks about battle with cancer

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Royle Family creator Caroline Aherne has spoken of her personal fight against cancer.

The award winning TV writer and actress, 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 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.

She described her own Macmillan cancer nurse, Julie Watts, as “like an angel”, adding: “I just hold my hands up and say, ‘thank God for Macmillan nurses’. Fifty years ago when my mum found out that we had cancer they didn’t have any Macmillan nurses. You were kind of on your own with it so it’s a blessing we have got them now.”

At the end of her speech Aherne joked: “My wig stayed on!”