Anne Nolan, 69, has reached the end of her cancer treatment after she and her sister Linda Nolan, 61, were both diagnosed with the disease within days of each other back in April. However, after sharing the heartbreaking news of their diagnoses with fans earlier this year, the Nolan Sisters singers discovered that Linda’s cancer diagnosis is terminal after doctors informed her that it has spread and become incurable.
Anne opened up about the devastating news after being able to ring the bell to mark the end of her chemotherapy at Blackpool Victoria Hospital last month.
She explained that the moment was bittersweet, as she and Linda were unable to celebrate together.
She said: “Chemo was absolutely horrendous for me and I was so happy it finally was over, but at the same time I felt a terrible melancholy that Linda wasn’t ringing the bell with me.
“I started my chemo a week before Linda, so she still has one more round to go, but she said to me: ‘Anne, I will ring the bell, but we all know my cancer is never going away’.”
Anne Nolan shares heartbreak after learning she would beat cancer but sister Linda won’t
Linda Nolan’s cancer diagnosis is terminal
Anne was told by doctors that a grade three tumour had been found under her left breast, which was a new cancer and could be cured.
Her diagnosis came 20 years after she battled breast cancer for the first time.
Linda was informed that a secondary cancer found in her pelvis was incurable after it spread to her liver.
The tumour was discovered in 2017, 11 years after she had first been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.
Anne Nolan was able to ring the bell to mark the end of her chemotherapy
The Nolan Sisters stars lost their sister Bernie to cancer
Linda is now hoping to contain her cancer with medication and treatments, but a cure will not be possible.
Anne continued to the Daily Mail: “It’s desperately sad, but I can’t feel guilty because to feel guilt you have to have done something wrong, and although I’ve been told my prognosis is good, you can never tell with cancer.”
Linda and Anne lost their sister Bernie to secondary breast cancer in 2013 when she was just 52-years-old.
While speaking about Bernie’s death, Anne added: “My prognosis may be good, but Bernie was told hers was, too. None of us thought she would die.
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“Linda knows she can’t be cured, but her attitude is absolutely amazing.
“She doesn’t know if she has five years or 15, but she’s so positive and that’s why she’s going through chemo, to try and contain the cancer.”
Linda recently opened up about the side effects she has suffered due to chemotherapy during an appearance on BBC Breakfast.
She explained: “I’ve got certain side effects from the chemo. I’ve got pins and needles in my fingers and my toes.
“But it hasn’t been too bad. I think for me personally I was traumatised losing my hair.
“At the time you feel like you’re being a little bit vain but I think everybody takes it differently.
“For a woman losing your hair is a really traumatic thing.
“We’re not supposed to be going around bald,” the star added.