Johnny Ruffo reveals shock details on brain tumour anniversary

Rebekah Scanlan
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Johnny Ruffo has revealed he was just hours from death when he discovered he had brain cancer last year.

His shock admission comes ahead of the anniversary of his diagnosis, where the Home and Away actor discussed the terrifying details of rushing to hospital with a “migraine”, only to discover he had a fist-sized tumour in his brain.

“The doctor said ‘If you didn’t come in [to the hospital], you would have gone to sleep and you would have been dead,” he told Who magazine’s podcast. 

Johnny Ruffo has spoken in detail about his brain tumour on the anniversary of being diagnosed. Instagram/JohnnyRuffo

The former X-Factor contestant said his reaction was one of shock, confessing he thought to himself, “Holy s**t, this is serious!”

Johnny, 30, also credited his girlfriend Tahnee for saving his life, as she insisted he get checked out that night.

The Home and Away star credited his girlfriend for saving his life. Source: Instagram/JohnnyRuffo

He has previously explained 95 per cent of the tumour was removed, but the rest was “too close to some nerves” to be cut out, in an interview on The Project last October. 

With five months still to go on his treatment — he’s currently undergoing a course of oral chemotherapy — Johnny is now looking forward, but said his “number one priority is to beat cancer”. 

The Home and Away actor revealed he had brain cancer in August last year. Source: Instagram/JohnnyRuffo

It’s not clear when he’ll return to our screens, but in June he hinted it could be soon when he took to Instagram to share a snap of himself on set with Lynne McGranger.

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