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'General Hospital' Star John J. York to Return to Show Following Cancer Battle

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John J. York is heading back to General Hospital! The 65-year-old soap star, who was diagnosed with two types of blood and bone marrow cancer, myelodysplastic syndrome and smoldering multiple myeloma in 2022 after a routine checkup, will be returning to the series as Mac Scorpio on June 19.

He made an emotional appearance on Good Morning America to discuss his return, as well as the outpouring of love from the public, including the amount of people who signed up to donate bone marrow after his diagnosis was made public. “I made the announcement and it has helped.

And so many people have-,” he said, pausing while getting choked up “joined the registry, just to help to save someone’s life.” Keep reading to find out more… John is filming episodes of General Hospital now after undergoing cancer treatment, going through seven days a week of chemotherapy at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee before being cleared to fly to California and get back on the set.

In November 2023, he found a perfect 20-year-old bone marrow donor match. “I couldn’t talk,” he emotionally recalled to GMA through tears. John then received a transfusion of the donated bone marrow cells and said he hopes to one day meet and thank his life-saving donor in person. John first announced he’d be taking a hiatus from the show in early September, after playing the role since 1991.

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