Hey Hey It’s Saturday star John Blackman reveals bone cancer diagnosis


Beloved Australian TV personality John Blackman has revealed that he was recently diagnosed with bone cancer.

The former Hey Hey It’s Saturday star shared the news in a candid facebook post this week.

“Four weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a very unexpected bone cancer on top of my noggin and the possibility of brain cancer underneath (yes, I actually have a brain),” he wrote on the platform.

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“This was the same aggressive cancer that had my jaw four years ago.

“Luckily the cancer (if there is a happy side to cancer) spread up and down and not in multiple directions. This could have made surgery unlikely.

“After PET and CAT scans and a radioactive MRI, my plastic surgeon Frank consulted with my neurosurgeon, Patrick, and together they came up with a plan of attack.”

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Jacki MacDonald, Daryl Somers, John Blackman and Ossie Ostrich on Hey Hey, It's Saturday June 9, 1985.
John Blackman (behind) pictured with Jacki MacDonald, Daryl Somers and Ossie Ostrich on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, 1985. (Fairfax Media)

The 74-year-old then revealed that he had already undergone surgery at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and will begin six weeks of radiotherapy next week.

“The cancer-infected bone has disappeared and been replaced with a titanium mesh cover; a skin graft has replaced all the skin on my head, and brain biopsies taken during surgery are clear,” he wrote.

“A great result with enormous gratitude to the dedicated doctors and nurses at The Alfred – each and every one of them true heroes. Six weeks of daily radiotherapy begin next week.”

John Blackman
John Blackman has voiced many beloved characters on Aussie TV. (MONKEY)

Blackman – who is best known for voicing puppet Dickie Knee on Hey Hey It’s Saturday – previously fought against an aggressive form of skin cancer.

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In 2018 he was diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma.

At the time, he underwent 10-hour surgery to replace part of his jaw with a leg bone — a procedure that could have ended his career.

John Blackman, operation, photo, hospital
John Blackman first underwent surgery in 2020. (Twitter)

†[My surgeon] said, ‘Well, prepare yourself that you can’t do all the things you’ve been able to do for the past 50 years,’ which is a bit of a kick in the guts,” Blackman told A current matter at the time.

“To perform, you have to look good, you have to sound good, you have to sound confident and be confident. I just won’t be able to do that anymore.”

‘Living without doing that is so strange to me. I mean, I don’t know what I’m going to do.’

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