Doctors ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Wilko Johnson’s condition following operation

Musician was in hospital having a pancreatic tumour removed

Doctors are “cautiously optimistic” about the condition of Wilko Johnson following his operation to have a pancreatic tumour removed.

In an official statement, representatives for the former Dr Feelgood guitarist confirmed that he had undergone a nine-hour operation earlier this week and that the medical team treating him were “happy” with his condition.

Johnson had been forced to cancel all of his future live shows and public engagements to undergo the medical procedure. He was scheduled to make several festival appearances this summer, including Glastonbury, but “reluctantly” pulled his commitments to go into hospital.


“Wilko is recovering following a nine-hour operation on Wednesday in which doctors successfully removed a pancreatic tumour,” read the statement. “The head of the medical team treating Wilko said that they were happy with his condition.”

It added: “Wilko will stay under very close observation for the next few days. Although cautiously optimistic the team have to stress that it is very early days yet. The family thank everyone for their good wishes and ask for some privacy at this time so they can support Wilko with his recovery in peace.”

Last January, Johnson announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas and was not seeking any treatment. He subsequently undertook a farewell tour of the UK, saying that since his diagnosis he felt “vividly alive”.

Most recently, he recorded an album with The Who’s Roger Daltrey titled ‘Going Back Home’.