Australian actor and singer Johnny Ruffo has shared a confronting photo of himself undergoing radiation treatment as part of his battle against brain cancer.
Ruffo posted a close up photo in which he is wearing a mesh covering over his face to hold his head in place as he receives radiation treatment. The next photo showed a hospital room with a closed door and a sign that reads, “radiation no entry”. The 33 year old caption the photo, “Another round of radiation on the cards ☢️ still fighting this mofo!! #fuckcancer”.
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It’s the first health update the former Home and Away actor has given since last year. In September 2021, Ruffo took to Instagram to share a health update with fans.
At the time, he posted a sweet photo of himself and his girlfriend Tahnee Sims and captioned the picture, “Just thought i’d jump on and give an update… I’m still kicking along with my chemotherapy treatment, feeling pretty exhausted but I’m doing great otherwise & not giving up the fight 💪🏽 Thanks for all the support!!”
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Ruffo was first diagnosed with the devastating disease in November 2017. Appearing on 7NEWS Spotlight in June of this year, the actor and singer emotionally recalled receiving the diagnosis. Ruffo revealed that he was taken to the emergency room after suffering from chronic headaches.
“They told me I have brain cancer. And it was like, wow, my whole world just got flipped upside down,” he said.
“The day that it truly sunk in was maybe, I don’t know, three or four weeks into radiotherapy.
“I was at home one day, and I was watching television, and I just went to just scratch my hair, and I had a whole clump of hair in my hand, and I just broke down and I cried and cried and cried.
“And I went and sat in the shower and I just ripped all my hair out and I cried so much, and it was the worst day of my life. It was horrible.”
After rounds of chemotherapy, Ruffo officially went into remission in 2019, but the brain cancer returned in 2020.
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