John J. York Discusses Overcoming Cancer and Returning to General Hospital

Star of ABC’s long-running soap opera General Hospital, John J. York, has been candid about his battle with cancer during an interview on Good Morning America. The actor, beloved for his portrayal of Mac Scorpio, shared his journey through an emotional segment with ABC News’ Zohreen Shah.

John J. York Discusses Overcoming Cancer and Returning to General Hospital

Opening Up About His Diagnosis

York has been battling both myelodysplastic syndrome and smoldering multiple myeloma since late 2022. Speaking about his diagnosis, he recalled asking his doctor the daunting question,How long would I have if I did nothing? To which his doctor replied,Three to five years.

A Rigorous Treatment Journey

The diagnosis was a shock, but York decided to take an aggressive approach towards treatment. He underwent chemotherapy and bone marrow biopsies while looking for a donor through organizations like Be The Match. Everybody has been very welcoming, very supportive…, he shared tearfully.I can’t tell you how nice it’s been, the support that I’ve gotten.

The Impact of Family

Throughout this period, York’s family has stood by him, even shaving their heads in solidarity during his chemotherapy sessions.

The Importance of Community

Sharing his experience on social media has opened up avenues of support for York and his followers. He spoke about the importance of finding a bone marrow donor and the relief he felt when told,We found an exact match.

This enabled him to continue working despite undergoing intense treatments—Seven days of chemo in Tennessee and then I was available to work for two to three, usually three weeks in California, York elaborated.

A Heartfelt Return

Upon his return to General Hospital, York was greeted with immense love from his castmates who wore ‘Mac Is Back’ shirts to celebrate his comeback. Reflecting on this support, he expressed,I just felt so attached that I didn’t feel like I missed anything…

The Next Chapter

John J. York’s journey through cancer has not only been challenging but transformative. It highlighted the importance of community, be it family or fans, who rallied behind him every step of the way. With each upcoming episode of General Hospital, viewers will undoubtedly cherish seeing Mac Scorpio back on screen, embodying resilience and hope.

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