Linda Nolan reveals cancer has spread to her brain in health update
‘I’m not giving up’: Linda Nolan reveals cancer has spread to her brain in heartbreaking health update – as her famous sisters show their support
- The singer, 64, was first diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer in 2005 before getting the all-clear in 2006
- However, in 2017 she was diagnosed with a form of incurable secondary cancer in her hip, which spread to her liver in 2020
- She told Good Morning Britain viewers: ‘I’m not giving up. I’m positive. I’m going to lose my hair again for the fourth time’
Linda Nolan has revealed her cancer has spread to her brain in a heartbreaking interview on Good Morning Britain today.
The singer, who recently celebrated her 64th birthday, was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer in 2005 before getting the all-clear in 2006. But in 2017 she was diagnosed with a form of incurable secondary cancer in her hip, which spread to her liver in 2020.
She told presenters Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley: ‘I’ve always been hopeful with my treatment and what’s going on in my life.
‘I just want to tell you unfortunately for me my cancer has spread to my brain and that’s obviously frightening because there isn’t much treatment for brain cancer except for chemotherapy.’
She added: ‘I’m not giving up. I’m positive. I’m going to lose my hair again for the fourth time.’
Health update: Linda Nolan has revealed her cancer has spread to her brain in a heartbreaking interview on Good Morning Britain today
Tough: Linda, seen here being pushed in a wheelchair by her sister Maureen, is said to have suffered a ‘series of falls’ due to chemotherapy, leaving her family ‘extremely worried’
She told ITV viewers: ‘I’ve moved back in with my sister to live, I was having falls, the cancer in my brain was affecting my balance and I had three quite nasty falls.
‘So, as usual, my amazing family – I’m back living with my sister Denise and her partner. Maureen has been looking after me for the past few weeks.
‘I’ve bought a wheelchair, we’re getting stuff ready for the inevitable really. It’s a scary trip to be on, this one.’
Linda said she was trying to remain positive: ‘I don’t know how long I’ve got left, and that’s not me being morbid or anything, but I don’t know, none of us know really. So for me, it’s making the most of every day and spending it with people I love. Just being positive.
‘Yes, I’ve beaten it before. I’ve been fighting it since 2005 originally and then I’ve beaten it before, so hopefully I can do the same again. Obviously, with the great help I’ve always had from the NHS.’
Linda was supported by her famous sisters as she departed hospital in a wheelchair on Saturday.
She was helped into a car by her sister Maureen, 68, who she sang alongside in the family pop group The Nolans in the 1970s and 1980s.
Linda is said to have suffered a ‘series of falls’ due to the chemotherapy, leaving her family ‘extremely worried’.
A source told The Mirror : ‘Linda has been prone to falls, but it’s a common side-effect of the chemotherapy she was on.
‘She had a series of falls a couple of weeks ago, just after her birthday. The family are extremely worried now and are rallying round to support and care for her.
‘Linda doesn’t feel safe in her home alone now. Everyone’s hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.’
It comes after Linda shared a new health update as she tried out a brand new treatment for her cancer diagnosis.
TV personality Linda later had a fall on her hip which is when doctors discovered a form of incurable secondary cancer on her pelvis resulting from her breast cancer.
She told presenters Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley: ‘I just want to tell you unfortunately for me my cancer has spread to my brain, and that’s obviously frightening because there isn’t much treatment for brain cancer’
Diagnosis: The singer, who recently celebrated her 64th birthday, was diagnosed with stage- three breast cancer in 2005 before getting the all-clear in 2006
In 2020 she was diagnosed with the terrible disease for the third time, and has since received ongoing treatment which has seen her lose her hair and eyebrows, and has even caused her toenails to turn to ‘chalk’.
Since then, the star has been open with her fans about her journey to ‘do anything to stay alive’.
Writing to her followers on Tuesday, Linda posted on Twitter: ‘Had another great day today, trying out a brand new lymphedema treatment.
‘I’m astonished by the results and a little bit emotional. Can’t wait to show you the full before and afters in a few weeks time ❤️❤️❤️’
In 2021, Linda started treatment again but was left devastated when she learned it had not had the effect she’d hoped for.
She told The Sun : ‘I started the chemo again in September, but the doctor said it hadn’t done what they hoped it would do. The tumours on my liver were enlarged and were growing, so they had to put me back on chemo again.
‘It was a shock. But I’ll do anything to stay alive. We agreed on a 12-week course, once a week every Friday.’
She said she spent two days in bed crying after being told the difficult news, questioning whether she would be with her family for much longer.
‘I was thinking, “Will I see my great-nieces and nephews? Will I see them grow up and get married?” But then I thought, “I don’t want to let cancer win”.’
Linda rose to fame with The Nolans performing with her sisters Anne, 71, Denise, 69, Maureen, 67, and Coleen, 57.
Her sister Bernie was also a member, but died of breast cancer in 2013 aged 52.
Anne was previously diagnosed with breast cancer but is now in remission.
Linda said she didn’t say certain things about her illness to her family because she doesn’t want to upset them, but she finds comfort in humour, although she admits sometimes it is a little dark.
Heartbreaking: In 2017 she was diagnosed with a form of incurable secondary cancer in her hip, which spread to her liver in 2020
In the mood for dancing: Coleen, Maureen, Bernie and Linda pictured performing in 1981
Linda has a WhatsApp group so she can update her family on any progress or test results and often jokes over the messenger service that she hopes the next family event they go to is not her funeral.
She says she has asked her doctors not to tell her how long they think she has left as she just wants to ‘make memories’. She also asked for a break from treatment, rescheduling her December chemotherapy so she could enjoy Christmas.
The star concluded: ‘Three of my nephews are getting married and Denise has her 70th coming up. My godson Danny, who is Maureen’s son, is getting married in Italy and that is my goal — to make sure I am there in August.
‘I am going to be there for all of those things. They are milestones. I am determined.’
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