John Farnham’s family gives a major health update after the singer had life-saving cancer surgery

John Farnham’s family gives a major health update after the singer had part of his jaw removed during life-saving cancer surgery

  • Much-loved Australian musician John Farnham underwent cancer surgery
  • Surgery took 12 hours and required 26 surgeons to remove growth last month
  • The 73-year-old is now ‘progressing well’ according to the latest update from the family
  • She confirmed in statement that he has been moved from ICU to general ward
  • His family is ‘quietly confident’ the iconic singer will make a full recovery

The family of music legend John Farnham said he is ‘progressing well’ and has been moved from intensive care to a general hospital ward.

The 73-year-old required an operation by 26 surgeons over a marathon 12-hour operation to remove a cancerous growth from his mouth and part of his jaw in August.

Farnham is ‘unlikely’ to ever perform again – but an update from wife Jill and sons Rob and James confirmed the singer is on the road to recovery after being moved into a general room.

‘That in itself is terrific progress,’ they said in a statement.

‘This week John has been transferred into a rehabilitation facility. Each of these steps means things are moving in the right direction and for that we are enormously thankful.’

They also thanked his ‘many thousands’ of fans who created a website to support Farnham called weloveyoujohn.com.au.

John Farnham’s family gives a major health update after the singer had life-saving cancer surgery

The family of Australian music legend John Farnham said he is ‘progressing well’ in his recovery and has been moved from ICU to a general hospital ward.

Farnham had only discovered he had the cancerous growth in his mouth after his wife insisted on taking him to the doctor for a check up.

‘The cancer tumor was located in his mouth and it has been successfully removed,’ she said after his operation.

‘There is still a long road of recovery and healing ahead of us, but we know John is up for that task.’

Gaynor Wheatley, the widow of Glenn Wheatley, said Farnham’s family only learned of his cancer a few weeks before his operation.

‘I think John suffers from that man thing that says “I’m fine”, and was lucky, and we have Jill to thank for taking him to the doctors (where they) found this legion in his mouth which has now been taken out and addressed,’ she told The Today Show at the time.

JOHN FARNHAM’S ON-AND-OFF SMOKING HABIT

John Farnham, 73, said he started smoking as a ‘stupid’ 14-year-old

His habit lasted until 1992 after he starred as the lead role in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar

He told the Herald Sun he quit ‘cold turkey’ but 12 years later in 2004 when he was gifted a box of cigars for Christmas, his smoking habit returned.

He officially kicked the habit for good just before his 70th birthday

‘Stupid habit. It was a little easier to quit from cigars, but I’m better off not smoking, I’m a bloody singer for God’s sake,’ he said.

‘I’m using my lungs. I’ve already noticed the change. I’ve increased my range, I’ve got a bit more to give, I’ve taken a blockage out.’

She said there were no complications, and thanked the ‘hero’ surgeons who operated on Farnham.

‘I think at one stage there were 26 surgeons, so they’re our heroes, they’re our rockstars,’ Ms Wheatley said.

She added that Farnham was expected to be ‘looking great’ by Christmas.

Farnham earlier opened up about his smoking habit, which he says started when he was a ‘stupid’ 14-year-old.

He quit ‘cold turkey’ in 1992 after starring in Jesus Christ Superstar, but picked up the habit again with cigars in 2004.

He officially quit smoking for good just before his 70th birthday

‘Stupid habit. It was a little easier to quit from cigars, but I’m better off not smoking, I’m a bloody singer for God’s sake,’ he told the Herald Sun in 2019.

‘I’m using my lungs. I’ve already noticed the change. I’ve increased my range, I’ve got a bit more to give, I’ve taken a blockage out.’

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford said Farnham was given a ‘wake up call’ by one of his sons who told the singer ‘please stop smoking dad, I don’t want you to die’.

That led to him cutting out cigarettes for good.

‘He was always puffing away, I don’t think he was ever proud of it,’ the reporter said.

Farnham underwent an almost 12-hour surgery to remove a tumor from his mouth

Farnham underwent an almost 12-hour surgery to remove a tumor from his mouth

Farnham, in a separate statement provided by the family before his operation, said a cancer diagnosis was something many people face each day ‘and countless others have walked this path before me’.

‘The one thing I know for sure is that we have the very best specialist health care professionals in Victoria and we can all be grateful for that. I know I am,’ he said.

It comes three years after Farnham was hospitalized with a severe kidney infection – which saw him put down cigars for good.

The musician is being supported by his wife Jill and their two adult sons Robert and James (pictured, the Farnham family pose for a photo in 2018)

The musician is being supported by his wife Jill and their two adult sons Robert and James (pictured, the Farnham family pose for a photo in 2018)

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