"She is dealing with it in her typically brave and understated way," The Sun quoted a friend, as saying. "She has had a tumour removed and completed a course of chemotherapy. This was precautionary and the prognosis looks good. The last thing she wants is fuss," the friend added.
However, a rep for the 73-year-old actress, who has been performing on stage and screen for over 50 years, refused to confirm her illness. "We never comment on our client's private lives," the rep said.