Caroline Aherne Recovering From Lung Cancer
Television star Caroline Aherne is recovering after undergoing treatment for lung cancer.
The Royle Family actress, who has previously battled bladder and eye cancer, is taking part in a campaign to improve cancer care in her home city of Manchester.
"I've had cancer and my brother's had cancer and we know how it affects people," the 50-year-old said.
"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."
Personal problems have prompted the comedian to withdraw largely from the public eye, but she recently took part as one of the cast of an animated children's series for the BBC.
She also provides the voice for the hit Channel 4 show Gogglebox.
Following news of her latest health problems, she said: "I will be narrating this week's Gogglebox, and I will continue to narrate Gogglebox for as long as Gogglebox want me."
Aherne, a smoker, has struggled with her health for years.
She has fought depression and drink problems and spent time in the Priory clinic following a suicide attempt, before moving to Australia to avoid the glare of publicity.
Aherne will speak at the launch of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) in Manchester next month.
Nicola Cook from the charity said: "We're delighted that Caroline is supporting MCIP. We know that its success hinges on the involvement of people affected by cancer in Manchester.
"Caroline's one of Manchester's own - she's loved here and people identify with her. We hope that if people see that Caroline is sitting down and talking to us then maybe they'll know that they can too. Our MCIP partnership needs to listen to people."