Former Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo has revealed his brain cancer has returned.
The Australian actor, 32, who is best known playing for Chris Harrington on the soap down under for three years, shared the devastating news with fans on Instagram, as he vowed to beat his diagnosis once again.
Johnny took to Instagram with a selfie of him and his girlfriend Tahnee Sims and explained, with a ‘heavy heart’, that his cancer had returned unexpectedly.
He wrote: ‘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.’
Determined to fight against it, Johnny assured fans: ‘Though I will dig deep and beat this sh*t disease again,’ adding the hashtag: ‘F**k cancer.’
The star has since been inundated with messages of support from fans and his former Home and Away co-stars.
Georgie Parker (who stars on the soap as Roo Stewart) commented: ‘Oh, Johnny!!! Sending nothing but love. Best of luck!!’
Johnny had undergone surgery in August 2017 to remove a brain tumour that doctors had discovered by chance while he was in hospital for a migraine.
Following his surgery, the star underwent both chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
He later revealed he was cancer free in an interview in May 2019 and had spoken about the importance of having support while previously dealing with his diagnosis on Australia’s The Morning Show.
Johnny said: ‘It’s about the support group around you and not being afraid to ask for help. It’s not just related to my experience with cancer – everyone goes through something that’s tough, that they might feel is too hard to handle on their own.’
‘When you do go through these things, there’s always someone to help you,’ he insisted.
In August, Johnny had shared pictures from his previous surgery on Instagram and reflected on his health battle, as he wrote: ‘Three years today since I received the most devastating news of my life.
‘Thankfully with all the help & support from everybody around me I’m still here today kicking cancers asse 💜👊🏽😈 #f*ckcancer #braincancer.’
Johnny is best know for playing his character Chris on Home and Away between 2013 and 2016. He first shot to fame on The X Factor Australia in 2011, where he finished in third place.
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