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John J. York Shares an Update on His Cancer Treatment and Return to GH


Fans have been closely following updates on GENERAL HOSPITAL star John J. York’s health since the actor revealed back in September that he had been diagnosed with two blood and bone marrow cancers and was taking a hiatus from his role as Mac Scorpio on the soap. By the end of the month, the actor reported that they were closing in on a stem cell donor, and treatment began in November.

On Dec. 22, York took to X/Twitter to share a video update with fans and began by joking about his bald head and bare face. “You’re thinking, ‘Why did Mac shave his beard?’” he smiled. “I didn’t shave my beard. I actually shaved the little bits of hair that were still left there.”

Thankfully, the actor reports that the treatment is progressing well and he’s even anticipating returning to GH. “I wanted to give you a little update as to how things are going along,” York explained. “They’re actually going along very well. I’m still in the middle stages of everything. I have a long road ahead. But the test results are looking good. I’m feeling really good. Hopefully, things go the way they are, maybe be back on the show late spring, early summer.”

The daytime vet also expressed his gratitude to the multitude of fans showering him with love throughout this difficult time. “And I just wanted to thank you all so very much for all your notes and messages of support, encouragement, all the love you’ve been sending my way,” York declared. “I feel your hugs every day and I thank you very much for that.

“So… one day at a time, I’m gonna take care of this,” he concluded. “In the meantime, I want you all to have a very, very Merry Christmas with your family and friends and loved ones. I wish you all a very healthy happy and prosperous New Year.”

York finished off by rubbing his newly bald head for luck. “How about some luck?!” he grinned. “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, everyone!”

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