Joe Longthorne set to face 10 hour op

Joe Longthorne - live at Blackpool Grand Theatre
Joe Longthorne - live at Blackpool Grand Theatre
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Blackpool singing star Joe Longthorne is set to undergo an operation on his throat cancer early next month.

The 59-year-old performer who battled back from leukaemia in 2006 after a bone marrow transplant was stunned to be told he had the cancer in May.

Now he faces a gruelling operation which could last up to 10 hours at Royal Preston Hospital.

Joe is then set to stay in hospital for between 10 days and two weeks before returning home to recover and recuperate at his Blackpool home.

He told fans: “Please do try not to worry about me, I am in the expert hands of my consultant and his staff.

“They have guided me through this illness so far and I have complete confidence in being in their hands going forward to my operation and then my recovery.”

Today his agent Eric Hall said: “He is keeping his spirits up and taking it day by day.

“He has been getting great support form his close friends and well wishers.

“He has got his operation on July 2 but before that he will be carrying on with his shows.

“He has one at Leeds this Friday and at Viva in Blackpool on Sunday and then Birmingham next week.

“He will still be appearing and then after the operation we will see how things go.

“Joe is just being Joe, he’s keeping going with his loved ones’ support. His plan is to get through the operation and get back grafting.

“Showbusiness is his life and he will be back grafting again. As he said the other day, if his voice goes wobbly after the operation, he will go on stage and juggle!”

Joe, who received a MBE in 2012 from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for services to charity, said in an interview with the Daily Mirror that he is terrified that he may not sing again.

He said: “It is a big fear for me. Singing is my life.

“We are just going to have to get it done and then see what happens afterwards because the doctor wants to get it out as quickly as possible.”

Speaking about the shock news he told The Gazette: “I was completely and utterly shocked at being given the news. I have been here before, so round two coming up. I have beaten it before and I will do so again.”

Joe was diagnosed with leukaemia in the late 1980s and fought the illness until he had a bone marrow transplant in 2006 which left him clear.

He has 74 shows booked for the summer and has promised to play as many as the illness allows.