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'Amazing' Anne Nolan overjoyed as singer reveals she's cancer-free

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The Nolan sisters, Anne, Maureen, Coleen, Denise and Linda.

The Nolan sisters, Anne, Maureen, Coleen, Denise and Linda.

The Nolan sisters, Anne, Maureen, Coleen, Denise and Linda.

IRISH-born singer Anne Nolan of The Nolan Sisters has revealed that she’s cancer-free after treatment for breast cancer.

Sharing her good news, Anne, who recently turned 70 and will appear in At Home With The Nolans on Quest TV tonight, said: “My cancer has disappeared. I’m still having treatment to go forward, but it’s more or less gone, yeah. It’s amazing.”

Anne and her sister, Linda, were both diagnosed with cancer earlier this year just before the first lockdown.

Linda was treated for breast cancer and had a mastectomy in 2006 and secondary cancer in her pelvis in 2017, which is treatable but not curable. In August this year, she revealed the cancer has since spread to her liver.

In an exclusive interview, Linda today told the Sunday World: “I finished my chemo at the end of September. I’ve had CT scans and I’m getting the results next week to see how the chemo has worked.

“Anne has had great results. She had her chemo and she was really ill with it, but because her cancer was primary they can’t see any disease there at the moment. And she didn’t have to have a mastectomy, which they thought she might have had to. We’re both still in treatment, but we’re getting there.”

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Maureen, Anne, Coleen, Coleen's son Shane, Linda and Denise.

Maureen, Anne, Coleen, Coleen's son Shane, Linda and Denise.

Maureen, Anne, Coleen, Coleen's son Shane, Linda and Denise.

Anne says: “I remember being in hospital having my chemo and there was a lady sitting opposite me and she was at the end of her chemotherapy.

“She said to me, ‘I just want you to know there is light at the end of the tunnel,’ and at the time I thought I can’t really see that at the moment, but there is and I’m proof there is. It’s fantastic.”

For Anne, 2020 has been particularly difficult following her shock cancer diagnosis at the end of filming their last hit TV series, The Nolans Go Cruising.

“We got back from the cruise and we were all sort of on cloud nine really, because we had all had such an amazing time,” Anne reveals, speaking exclusively in tonight’s premiere.

“Life sort of went on as normal, and then I found a lump. The doctor came in, examined me, and he confirmed that it was cancer.”

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Denise, Linda, Coleen's son Shane, Coleen, Maureen and Anne.

Denise, Linda, Coleen's son Shane, Coleen, Maureen and Anne.

Denise, Linda, Coleen's son Shane, Coleen, Maureen and Anne.

Reflecting on her diagnosis, Anne reveals just how much support she has had from her sisters, who have rallied around her. “I was crying all the time, I was scared about dying, and Maureen immediately said ‘I’m going to move in with you,’” she says.

“You’ve been so supportive. Cooking, shopping, cleaning, making me take my medicines.”

For Maureen, the transformation she has seen in her sister since coming to terms with her diagnosis has been nothing short of phenomenal. “In a weird way, it’s been kind of nice spending time together,” she says to Anne. “It’s amazing to see you getting ready, I honestly thought there is never going to be a light at the end of the tunnel. But look at you now!”

With Anne’s latest round of results coming up, her daughter Amy reveals how much her mum means to her. “Mum absolutely adores her grandkids and vice versa, she’s a fabulous, fabulous grandparent,” she says. “To be honest, that’s what has kept her going. I think it’s the fear of leaving your kids and your grandkids. She knows how much we all need her. I would certainly crumble without her.”

With her appointment looming, Anne admits that nerves are starting to get the better of her. “If the news that I get from the doctor is bad news, I don’t know how I’d cope if I had to have more chemo.”

Even for Maureen, there were times during Anne’s treatment where she began thinking the worst. “In the middle of Anne’s treatment, there were times where I just didn’t think she’d make it at all,” she says. “You can’t help yourself sometimes going to very dark moments, it’s incomprehensible to think that they won’t be there.”

And while Anne fights for her own health, Linda is undergoing her own cancer battle. As Linda astonishingly admits, her news and Anne’s came within just minutes of each other. “The day that Anne was confirmed that her diagnosis was breast cancer, half an hour later I got a phone call from my oncologist’s secretary to say ‘we need you to have an MRI scan because they’ve seen something on your liver,” she says.

“I was with Maureen and I said to her ‘I’ve got something to tell you, my secondary breast cancer has metastasised to my liver now.’ She just put her head down and swore.”

But much like Anne, Linda has found support in her sisters, and particularly with Denise. “Obviously I’m scared to death but my sister Denise said ‘well, you’ll move in with us.’”

Later on in the episode, it’s the day of Anne’s appointment, and she is beside herself with nerves. “I’m feeling slightly nauseous, my stomach is in knots,” she says. Walking into the hospital, Anne takes a deep breath before popping her mask on and walking through the hospital doors.

After arranging to meet up with the rest of their sisters at the top of Blackpool Tower for a socially distanced drink after Anne’s appointment, Maureen checks in with Coleen from the car. “We talk about Linda being strong and Anne being strong, but Maureen having to stay so strong must be such a burden,” Coleen shares.

Waiting at the top of the Blackpool’s most famous landmark, the Nolan sisters wait nervously for Anne and Maureen to arrive. “We’re all desperately praying and hoping that it is good news,” Linda says.

Finally emerging from the lift, the Nolans wait with bated breath for Anne to reveal the results of her scan. With her mask on, Anne gives a very positive double-thumbs up – It’s good news!

“I feel absolutely elated,” Anne smiles as her sisters celebrate, cracking open the champagne! “I feel like it’s kind of surreal, it hasn’t sunk in yet. Top of the tower, top of the world!”

Revealing all to her beaming sisters, Anne happily says she’s been given the initial all-clear.

“’I’m happy to say that all your tests have come back and there is no cancer in the results,’” she says. “When I was first diagnosed with cancer, of course, the first thing you think about is how long am I going to live for? I am just so grateful it’s all positive news!”

· At Home With The Nolans premieres tonight at 10pm on Quest Red and available to stream on discovery+

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