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Linda Nolan opens up about painful cancer treatment

The star said she will fight on in honour of late sister Bernie Nolan

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Gemma Strong
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Linda Nolan has said she feels "burned and raw" following treatment for cancer, but will continue to fight the disease in honour of her late sister Bernie Nolan. The 58-year-old received her secondary breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year, and has said she is struggling with the pain after undergoing radiotherapy. "You put on a brave face, but it's a nightmare," she told the Mirror. "My hip is so painful I can hardly walk. And my skin in burned and raw from radiotherapy. It's crazy that something I know should be helping is causing such pain."

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She continued: "I've been given a cream and take 17 tablets a day. The tiredness is something else – I can't even get through a whole programme on TV, I'm just wiped out. But I'm glad they're giving me treatment." Linda admitted that it had been tough to be diagnosed with cancer again, ten years after her first diagnosis. But she added: "I've got Bernie in my ear the whole time saying, 'You go for it', so I've picked myself up. I owe it to her to keep fighting."

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Linda Nolan (left) pictured with her late sister Bernie Nolan

Linda had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and had been free of the disease for the last six years. The singer's recent diagnosis came after she fell over and a scan revealed a cyst on her hip. During an appearance on Loose Women last month, Linda was reduced to tears as she spoke about her cancer battle. "If I hadn't fallen it could have laid there dormant, the cells, for maybe six months and then it could have spread," she said. "At the moment it's just located in my hip, so it was the fall that manifested it and then brought it to their attention. I think it was Bernie up there giving me a shove." She later added: "They've told me it's not curable but it is treatable. I can live with it – I'm not going to let it take me. I'm going to live with it, fight it every step of the way. And give it my all."