Wilko Johnson: doctors “cautiously optimistic” after radical surgery

Wilko Johnson is recovering from a nine hour operation on Wednesday, April 30, in which doctors successfully removed a pancreatic tumour. In a statement Johnson's manager, Lisa Climie, said "The head of the medical team treating Wilko said that they were happy with his condition. "Wilko will stay under very close observation for the next few days. "Although cautiously optimistic the team have to stress that it is very early days yet.

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Wilko Johnson is recovering from a nine hour operation on Wednesday, April 30, in which doctors successfully removed a pancreatic tumour.

In a statement Johnson’s manager, Lisa Climie, said “The head of the medical team treating Wilko said that they were happy with his condition.

“Wilko will stay under very close observation for the next few days.

“Although cautiously optimistic the team have to stress that it is very early days yet.

“The family thank everyone for their good wishes and ask for some privacy at this time so they can support Wilko with his recovery in peace.”

According to BBC News, Johnson has had the “football-size tumour” removed as well as his pancreas, spleen and part of his stomach.

Speaking to GQ before the operation, Johnson said, “A friend of mine – who is both a photographer and a cancer doctor – became curious as to why I wasn’t dead. And why I wasn’t even sick.”

Johnson’s tumour was found to be a rare type called a neuroendocrine tumour, which tends to grow much more slowly than other types.

Photo credit: Brian David Stevens


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