Wilko Johnson Undergoes Cancer Surgery

Published 10 years ago on May 1, 2014

By Jonathan Graham

Former Dr Feeelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has undergone vital surgery to remove a cancerous tumour.

Johnson initially shunned the idea of treatment choosing to live out his final days as intended, following the news he had just ten months to live back in January last year.  

However, despite the diagnosis Wilko went on to perform a number of dates at festivals around the globe as well as releasing an album with Roger Daltrey.

He has since cancelled all future appearances in order to recover from the operation which has been described as “nothing less than a reprieve of a death sentence.”

Johnson told GQ:

A friend of mine, who is a cancer doctor, became curious as to why I wasn’t dead, and why I wasn’t even sick.”

The surgery included removing his small and large intestines and parts of his liver. He says:

There is a small chance of dying, but that’s nothing – for over a year I’ve been living with a 100percent chance of dying.”

It is thought Johnson will be sidelined for a number of months whilst recovering from the op, which hasn't been given a name due to the rarity of the procedure.


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