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ENTERTAINMENT ‘General Hospital’ star John J York details cancer journey: ‘Long road ahead’

John J. York, best known for his portrayal of Mac Scorpio in the hit soap opera “General Hospital,” updated his fans on his battle with cancer.

The 65-year-old actor revealed in a social media video his road to recovery and his current health status.

“Hey there, everyone. It’s me and I’m checking in. … I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘Why did Mac shave his beard?’” he shared on X.

‘GENERAL HOSPITAL’ STAR JOHN J. YORK SAYS ‘SO LONG’ TO SHOW AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER: ‘I’LL BE BACK’

“I didn’t shave my beard. I actually shaved the little bits of hair that were still left there.”

York continued to say, “Everything’s going along very well,” as he’s in the “middle stages” of his cancer journey.

However, the soap opera actor pointed out that he has “a long road ahead.”

John J. York on the set of 'General Hospital' as Mac Scorpio

Soap opera actor John J. York shared he would be taking a hiatus from “General Hospital” due to blood and bone marrow disorders. (Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images)

The “General Hospital” star remained in good spirits and added whether he would return to the show amid his battle with cancer.

“The test results are looking good… I’m feeling really good,” he shared. “Hopefully, hopefully, if things go the way they are, maybe [I’ll] be back on the show late spring, early summer.”

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York went on to thank his fans for all the love and support during this tumultuous time, as he concluded his video message with a holiday greeting.

“One day at a time. We’ve got to take care of this. In the meantime, I want you all to have a very, very, very Merry Christmas with your family and friends, your loved ones,” he remarked.

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Kristina Wagner as Felicia Scorpio in a colorful one shoulder gown smiles at John J. York as Mac Scorpio in a traditional tux on the set of 'General Hospital'

John J. York and Kristina Wagner play married couple Malcolm “Mac” and Felicia Scorpio on “General Hospital.” (Christine Bartolucci/ABC via Getty Images)

“I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, and for luck — how about some luck?” he said with a large smile and rubbed his bald head. “Get some luck in there, OK?”

In September, York disclosed he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, and multiple smoldering myeloma — “two blood and bone marrow disorders.”

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