10 years ago, Johnny Ruffo won the hearts of Aussies across the country with his jovial personality, good looks and incredible stage presence on X Factor Australia. 

A decade later, he is battling the biggest fight of his life… for the second time.

In 2017, Johnny announced that he was battling brain cancer.

“They told me I have brain cancer and it was like, wow, my whole world just got flipped upside down,” Johnny told 7NEWS Spotlight.

After aggressive chemotherapy treatment, he went into remission in 2019, which he calls the “greatest day of my life”.


However, in November 2020, Johnny revealed the heartbreaking news that his cancer had returned.

“After an unexpected week of seizures and excruciating headaches it is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know I now have another huge battle ahead of me as my brain cancer has returned,” he wrote on Instagram.

In a special edition of 7NEWS Spotlight, Ruffo was told his current treatment was working to keep the illness at bay. In other words, his cancer had not spread to other parts of the body.

“The spine’s all clear. And the tumour in the right frontal lobe and the brain stem, all stable.”


While Ruffo isn’t out of the woods, he is “so happy” with the update.

Watch Johnny Ruffo’s ‘Fight Of His Life’ here

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