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Wilko Johnson recovering after nine-hour operation

1 of 1 Johnson - Underwent pioneering surgery
Johnson - Underwent pioneering surgery

Legendary guitarist Wilko Johnson is now recovering at home after a nine-hour cancer operation.

The 66-year-old Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury and the Blockheads icon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012 and declined treatment when told the illness was terminal.

However, recent tests showed the cancer was not as aggressive as had been thought and he underwent pioneering surgery to remove the tumour and parts of his digestive system.

A message on his Facebook page said: "We're sure you will be as delighted as we are that after making excellent progress at Addenbrooke's [Hospital] over the last few weeks, Wilko is now convalescing back at his home."

It continued: "Naturally after such an extensive procedure, Wilko is extremely tired, and it will take him some time to recuperate, so he asks that you respect his privacy, but we had to share this incredibly positive news."

The message concluded: "On behalf of Wilko and his family, another huge thank you for your magnificent support over recent months - it really means a great deal to Wilko - and please join us in thanking the staff at Addenbrooke's for everything they have achieved in some extremely difficult circumstances."

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