Veteran actress Karen Black's family has reached out to fans in the hope of raising money to pay for her cancer treatment.

The Five Easy Pieces star, 73, was diagnosed with rare ampullary cancer in November 2010, and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments in California.

At the the beginning of 2012, Black opened up about her secret health battle and revealed she had beat the disease, but it returned in June (12).

Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, has now set up a donation page to fund a trip to Europe, where Black will try a revolutionary new treatment as she is now too thin and weak to handle gruelling chemo sessions.

The post on her page reads, "Yes, she was an actress in movies, but most of the high-paying work dwindled out many years ago. She has a modest pension and medical insurance (thank goodness), but as anyone knows who has fought cancer, that is not enough. In the last two years we have used up all of our savings keeping Karen alive - traveling - treatments, getting people to help her. We have nothing left. And the European treatment is not covered by insurance."

Black is seeking $17,000 (£10,000) for the treatment.