Both of the Nolan sisters have had cancer before, and older sister Bernie died of the disease in 2013.
Two of the Nolan sisters have spoken of their devastation after being diagnosed with different forms of cancer just days apart.
Linda and Anne, who were part of Irish pop group The Nolans with sisters Coleen, Maureen and the late Bernie Nolan, are both having chemotherapy at a hospital in Blackpool.
They were diagnosed shortly after they returned from filming a series of The Nolans Go Cruising in March – Linda with cancer of the liver, and Anne with breast cancer. Both have since lost their hair due to their treatment.
For the past few months during lockdown, Linda and Anne have been battling cancer & chemotherapy together.
In @TheSun tomorrow, they bravely tell their story.
We will get through this together, as a family ❤️#tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/WUdGu0BvTQ
— The Nolans (@The_Nolans) August 2, 2020
On the sisters’ Twitter account, they said: “We will get through this together, as a family.”
In an interview with The Sun, Linda, 61, said: “It’s just really hard and I’m scared of dying. I don’t want to die.
“I want to be around and see my great nieces and nephews grow up, and that’s why I’m putting everything I’ve got into trying to get well.”
She was also able to make a joke as she spoke about the moment the siblings discussed the shock news.
“We laughed and we cried really,” she said. “It’s hysterical.
“Forget the Chemical Brothers, we’ve become the Chemo Sisters.”
Anne, 69, who has two children and three grandchildren, was reportedly tearful as she told the newspaper. “I don’t want to die. I love my life so much.
“I love my daughters, my grandchildren, my friends, all my family.
“I want to live for as long as I possibly can.
“I am scared of dying as well. Even though I believe in God, I’m still scared.”
:: Listen to the Backstage podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker
This is the second time Anne has had the disease after first being diagnosed in 2000.
Linda has also had the disease before – breast cancer in 2006 and secondary cancer on her pelvis in 2017.
Bernie (pictured below) died in 2013, aged 52, after suffering from breast cancer.
The Nolans formed in the mid-70s and found fame in the late ’70s and ’80s, with hits including I’m In The Mood For Dancing and Gotta Pull Myself Together.
Fans and well-wishers have inundated the sisters with messages of support following their announcement.
In a tweet from her official account, Loose Women presenter and sister Coleen, 55, urged people to “keep them in your thoughts” and said: “They’ve beaten it before – they can beat it again.”