John Newman confirms his brain tumour has returned
British singer John Newman has confirmed he is battling a brain tumour for the second time and will take time off in 2017 to have surgery.
The 26-year-old was first diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumour in 2012 and he underwent surgery to remove it, but it was reported on Tuesday (02Aug16) that the growth had returned and medics had found a few cancerous cells on it which will require treatment and a further operation.
John has now confirmed the news to WENN in a statement, admitting he will be taking time off next year (17) to undergo surgery and radiotherapy.
"I have been monitored constantly since the first time I had the tumour removed," John said. "There was always a chance that it could return and it is unfortunate but it is something I am prepared to get through when the time is right, some point next year. The medical staff have been absolutely amazing and I know I am in the best of hands."
He continued by assuring fans not to worry as his "prognosis is good" and he hoped his story will help raise awareness and encourage people to get tested early. John ended on a positive note by insisting, "I am one of the lucky ones!”
John maintained his outlook when he later posted on Twitter, "Whatever life brings you, be strong,always positive, love everyday like it is your last and smash it out the (f**king) park!! 2016baby!!!"
The news was broken by Britain's The Sun newspaper who were told by a source that the "benign" tumour has remained the same size for a while so he is able delay the surgery. They added, "After the operation he'll need some radio therapy so there's talk of him taking a few months off to get the job done and convalesce.”
The Love Me Again singer told the London Evening Standard in 2013 he first realised something was wrong when he started to lose his sight. He quickly booked into see an optician and was subsequently referred to specialist, where the tumour was discovered. He told the publication, "I was starting to shake, I was so scared" upon hearing the news.
- Cover Media