Johnny Ruffo's brain cancer has returned: 'Huge battle'

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Former Home & Away star Johnny Ruffo has revealed the devastating news his brain cancer has returned, after being first diagnosed with the disease back in August 2017.

The actor took to Instagram to break the news to his followers, sharing a photo alongside his girlfriend Tahnee Simsthe and vowing to “dig deep and beat this s**t disease again”.

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Johnny Ruffo reveals his brain cancer has returned. Photo: Instagram/Johnny Ruffo

“After an unexpected week of seizures and excruciating headaches it is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know I now have another huge battle ahead of me as my brain cancer has returned,” he wrote.

The 32-year-old, who first shot to fame on The X Factor, underwent emergency surgery three years ago to remove a 7cm tumour.

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Since then, he still needed to get regular checkups but had remained “healthy” and “happy” throughout last year.

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Johnny had a 7cm brain tumour removed. Photo: Instagram/johnny_ruffo

His followers and fellow celebrities were quick to share their support on Johnny’s post.

“We’re all here for you buddy. Sending love,” radio host Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli commented.

Aussie actor Lincoln Lewis wrote: “F**k man we’re all here with you and cheering you on!!!”

While fellow Home and Away co-stars also rallied around Johnny.

“See you tomorrow my strong, sassy, politically incorrect, warrior friend”, Lynne McGranger wrote.

“You are so incredibly strong and brave and you will beat this once again,” Ada Nicodemou also commented.

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In 2017 Johnny said his brain tumour was originally misdiagnosed as depression. Photo: Instagram/johnny_ruffo

Back in 2017, Johnny revealed his malignant brain tumour was originally misdiagnosed as depression.

Speaking with The Project’s Carrie Bickmore at the time, he said his GP told him his symptoms resembled that of a mental illness.

“I’d even gone to the doctor, and the doctor said ‘You know, all the symptoms seems like depression,” he said.

It was only after Johnny presented himself to hospital one night after suffering an intense migraine that doctors discovered the tumour. He went on to have radiation and chemotherapy.

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