BAFTA winning TV writer and comedian Caroline Aherne has revealed she is battling lung cancer.
The creator of popular TV series Mrs Merton and Royle Family star has been undergoing treatment in Manchester and is recovering.
Caroline is still set to help launch Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership next month and will be backing a £3.4m bid which will see an improvement in cancer care in the city.
The partnership looks to bring together patients and care providers and will see the 50 year old actress support the scheme.
Although she did not want to speak of her fight with lung cancer, Caroline revealed to the Manchester Evening News her motives behind working with Macmillan.
'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 Hospice – and the last thing I want to do is knock the fantastic work that goes on in this city.
She added: “'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 TV star and her brother were born with a rare retina cancer which left her almost blind in one eye.
She has also previously been treated for bladder cancer and lost a former boyfriend to the disease.
Nicola Cook, from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "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."
Well-wishers have taken to social media to express their concern for the actress, with floods of kind words appearing on Twitter.
God bless Caroline Aherne. Possibly the most talented comic, writer, producer,director in many years. Such sad news of lung cancer xx
— sally schwartz (@Neckbreather74) May 13, 2014
Very sad news of Caroline Aherne's cancer diagnosis. We are here to support anyone affected by cancer. http://t.co/EBxSRg6jWj
— Macmillan Cancer (@macmillancancer) May 13, 2014