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'The pain comes and goes': Cornelia Frances' poignant last words about her cancer battle in her final interview from the hospital where she filmed Young Doctors four decades earlier

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Cornelia Frances discussed the 'pain' she was suffering while battling cancer in her poignant final interview before she passed away.

The Australian TV legend - who died surrounded by her loved ones on Tuesday - bravely said she was feeling 'fine' during a chat with A Current Affair from her hospital bed in February.

a person on a bed: Brave battle: Cornelia Frances reflected on her illustrious career spanning five decades from her hospital bed © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Brave battle: Cornelia Frances reflected on her illustrious career spanning five decades from her hospital bed The 77-year-old added that being treated for the disease at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital - where she had filmed The Young Doctors 40 years earlier - gave her a 'different view altogether'.

Cornelia seemed to be in good spirits as she assured her fans that she would fight the cancer that had spread beyond her bladder at that point during the interview.

'The pain comes and goes but you expect that, it's par for the course,' the TV star defiantly said at the time.  

a close up of a person: Cornelia revealed she was a patient in the same hospital where she filmed 'Young Doctors' in the 1970s © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cornelia revealed she was a patient in the same hospital where she filmed 'Young Doctors' in the 1970s Cornelia's last interview has re-emerged after the actress, known for her roles in Home and Away, Prisoner and Sons and Daughters, passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Tuesday.

Cornelia was diagnosed with bladder cancer over a year ago and, later, doctors told her it had spread to her hip and spine. 

Cornelia said her lengthy career had been a 'wonderful road' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cornelia said her lengthy career had been a 'wonderful road' During her chat with A Current Affair, she reflected on her illustrious career spanning five decades from her hospital bed.

In her interview, Cornelia also thanked the producers who continuously handed her roles which allowed her to become Australia's most famous TV villain.

'I'd like to thank the producers who hired me because it ain’t easy to put a b***h on television,' she said. 

a person lying on a bed: Staying positive: Cornelia said she was feeling 'fine' after revealing earlier this year that she was suffering from bladder cancer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Staying positive: Cornelia said she was feeling 'fine' after revealing earlier this year that she was suffering from bladder cancer Cornelia said her lengthy career - which included stints on Home And Away and as the host of the Australian version of The Weakest Link - had been a 'wonderful road' and she loved 'every minute' of it.

The Young Doctors star added that she had no hard feelings about never winning a Logie Award, despite being nominated six times. 

'It's a public opinion, they don't like the b***hes, they like the nice ladies. Being nominated was a great thrill, it was lovely,' Cornelia said. 

Judy Nunn et al. sitting posing for the camera: Candid chat: The Young Doctors star (centre) added that she had no hard feelings about never winning a Logie Award © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Candid chat: The Young Doctors star (centre) added that she had no hard feelings about never winning a Logie Award In January, Cornelia confessed that she had almost died from blood loss.

She told The Daily Telegraph: 'I discovered I had bladder cancer. This then spread to my hip bone which fractured, and then I almost died from loss of blood due to an ulcer in my throat. Despite all this, I am still here, as the old song goes.' 

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