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  • 5 June 2014, 13:00

Wilko Johnson Leaves Hospital After Cancer Op

Guitarist Wilko Johnson is recuperating at home after undergoing a pioneering nine-hour cancer operation.

Despite being gravely ill, the former Dr Feelgood star recently scored a top three album with The Who's Roger Daltrey called Going Back Home.

Johnson, who has also starred in Game Of Thrones, had a large tumour and extensive sections of his digestive system removed.

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

"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.

"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."

The 66-year-old had previously chosen to avoid treatment after being told he had a terminal illness when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2012.

But recent tests showed it was not as aggressive as had been previously thought and the operation was offered as a chance to save his life.

Johnson has cancelled a string of commitments including an appearance at the Glastonbury festival to allow himself time to recover.

He went on to play with Ian Dury And The Blockheads for a spell after leaving Dr Feelgood in the 1970s, and then had a lengthy solo career.

He enjoyed his biggest success for decades earlier this year thanks to his collaboration with Daltrey.

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