Beloved Aussie entertainer John Farnham is “responding well” to treatment after having a cancerous tumour removed from his mouth.

The 73-year-old was rushed to hospital amid the diagnosis and was seen urgently for surgery, with a part of his jaw being removed at Melbourne Hospital. The lengthy surgery ran for roughly 11 hours.

Farnham’s family confirmed the cancer was in his mouth and have provided further updates regarding his health today.

They have thanked the public for their ongoing support and have shared:

“John remains in a stable condition in ICU following the removal of a cancerous tumour in his mouth on Tuesday,” according to wife Jill Farnham.

“He is awake and responding well to the care he is receiving.”

Those who sent the singer well wishes include Molly Meldrum, wishing him all the best after his operation and throughout recovery. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also praised the music icon as a great Australian.

Meanwhile, Hey Hey It’s Saturday star John Blackman has publicly shared his experience after facing a similar diagnosis and says Farnham’s recovery will take time.

“Hopefully John will get through this with as little angst as possible, and he’s going to need all the support he can get,” Blackman said.

Farnham has been the backbone of Australian entertainment since the late 1960s, having been billed as teen idol “Johnny Farnham”.

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This article first appeared on OverSixty.