Mar 28, 2017

Linda Nolan diagnosed with secondary cancer

Singer Linda Nolan of pop group The Nolans has been diagnosed with secondary cancer.

The news came from her sister Coleen, who revealed the 58-year-old singer had been diagnosed after a fall on the stairs three weeks ago.

"Linda wants to get it across she's not dying of cancer. She's living with cancer. They've said it is treatable, she could have years. We have to focus on that," said Coleen.

Linda Nolan had already been treated for breast cancer in 2006 and was considered free of the disease.

"She actually broke her hip. She went to hospital and while they did the scan of her hip, they found secondary cancer. It was earth-shattering for us initially," Coleen Nolan revealed on ITV's Loose Women.

The sisters found fame in the 1970s and 1980s as part of Irish girl group The Nolans.

Their sister Bernie - also part of the group - died in 2013 after suffering from breast cancer.

"That was in Linda's mind when they first said it," Coleen said.

"But it was a completely different cancer and Bernie's had spread. Linda's hasn't. Like Bernie, Linda's so strong."

"She'd had her great face lift, turned a corner from losing her husband," added Coleen. "The positive thing is, although they've said it's not curable, it's treatable and it's not spread anywhere else.

"That's the positive attitude she wants me to get across."

Linda's husband, Brian, also died in 2007 following a battle with skin cancer.

Speaking of her pain when they lost sister Bernie, Coleen said she had experienced "terrible anger".

"I was angry at the world, angry at cancer, angry for her.

"I just thought it's so unfair, she's just got it all together. It's taken her 10 years to finally get her life back and then it goes 'whack, here you go, now face this'."

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