Guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is cancer-free

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Posted: Oct 23, 2014 6:57 AM
Guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is cancer-free

LONDON (AP) — British guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is free of cancer, two years after being told he had months to live.

The former member of rowdy blues-rockers Dr. Feelgood launched what he said would be a farewell tour after being diagnosed in 2012 with incurable pancreatic cancer. He also recorded a "final" album with Roger Daltrey of The Who.

He told The Associated Press at the time that the diagnosis had made him feel "intensely alive" and renewed his creativity.

Accepting a trophy Wednesday at the Q Awards in London, Johnson, 67, said that after meeting a doctor "curious as to why I'm not dead," he had undergone radical surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, to remove a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound) tumor.

"Anyway, they got it all and they cured me," he said.

Johnson, who has also appeared on TV series "Game of Thrones," said he hoped to be back to full strength and out on the road again soon.

"And if there's a moral to this story it's that you never know what's going to happen," he said.