News - October 23, 2014

Wilko Johnson reveals he is free from cancer
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Wilko Johnson reveals he is free from cancer

Eccentric singer Wilko Johnson has announced that he is cancer free.

Johnson had previously been open about the fact that he'd been given only a few months to live after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. 

However, at yesterday's (October 22nd) Q Awards, Johnson made the announcement he is cancer free after doctors removed a 3kg tumour from his body. 

He told BBC News: "It was an 11-hour operation. This tumour weighed 3kg - that's the size of a baby. Anyway, they got it all. They cured me."

The singer added that he accepted that he was going to die, so was hesitant about getting his hopes up about the outcome of the operation, he added: "I absolutely convinced that this thing would kill me I accepted it. I didn't lose a minute's sleep about that. I decided that was the way to deal with it - not to curse it or fight it or anything like that. Just try and enjoy the time left, which I'd done."

He continued: "In order to do that, you have to accept, yes you're going to die, which in itself was quite an experience because it gives you a whole different way of looking at things. And then for someone to come up and say 'We can fix it'... When they first said they could operate, I was thinking, 'What are they saying? They may be offering me two or three more months life?' But no they weren't, they were saying they could get rid of the tumour, and that's what they did. And it's gone. And I don't have cancer. It's so weird and so strange that it's kind of hard to come to terms with it in my mind. Now, I'm spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, that I am going to live on."

Johnson released a joint album with The Who's Roger Daltrey titled Going Back Home, which you can preview on the right hand side of the page, it had been billed as his farewell album, but Johnson is now free to work on other projects. 


Going Back Home
Going Back Home Wilko Johnson / Roger Daltrey

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