Johnny Ruffo's gives update on brain cancer battle: 'Bring it on'

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Former Home & Away star Johnny Ruffo has given an update on his brain cancer battle since revealing the devastating news that the disease had returned in November 2020.

The 33-year-old actor and singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a snap of himself giving the thumbs up while receiving treatment via an IV in a hospital.

Former Home & Away star Johnny Ruffo gives a thumbs up while receiving chemotherapy from a blue hospital chair during his second brain cancer battle
Former Home & Away star Johnny Ruffo has shared an update on his second brain cancer battle. Photo: Instagram/johnny_ruffo.

'Fighting the good fight'

"Been busy fighting the good fight," he captioned the pic. "Another round down. Bring on the next."

Johnny, who rose to fame as a contestant on The X Factor in 2011, was first diagnosed with brain cancer back in August 2017.

He underwent emergency surgery to remove a 7cm tumour that left him with a large scar along his hairline.

Since then, he still needed to get regular checkups but had remained "healthy" and "happy" and in 2019, he released a new song.

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Johnny Ruffo and Tahnee Sims take a selfie from a car
Johnny revealed his cancer had returned in November 2020. Photo: Instagram/johnny_ruffo.

Cancer returns

Then in November 2020, Johnny announced his cancer was back in a heartfelt Instagram post. He shared a selfie with his long-time girlfriend, Tahnee Sims, 27, and vowed to "dig deep and beat this s**t disease again".

“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.

He's been keeping his fans across his progress, proudly revealing that he'd completed his second round of treatment just before Christmas.

His followers and fellow celebs — many of them former Home & Away co-stars — were quick to share their support and encouragement following his latest Insta update.

Johnny Ruffo in character as Chris Harrington on Home & Away in Sydney's Palm Beach
Johnny starred as Chris Harrington for three years on Home & Away. Photo: Channel 7.

"Go mate, you’re amazing Johnny, lots of love," Georgie Parker wrote in the comments.

"Hey friend, you got this. Let me know when you and Tahnee are about and free. Must do food," Lynne McGranger added.

"Kicking that shit to the kerb like a friggin rockstar," said Weekend Sunrise host Larry Emdur.

Ex-Bachelorette contestant Cam Cranley, entertainer Rhonda Burchmore and TV personality Mel Greig also shared their well-wishes.

johnny ruffo brain tumour removal scars
Johnny had a 7cm brain tumour removed in 2017. 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 was rushed to surgery then went on to have radiation and chemotherapy.

Before his cancer battle began, Johnny played Chris Harrington on Home & Away from 2013 to 2016.

Additional reporting by Kristine Tarbert.

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