FROM THE HULL DAILY MAIL 13TH JULY
Joe Longthorne is making a slow but good recovery after his bone marrow transplant, doctors said today.
The 50-year-old remains in an isolation unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary, two weeks after the operation.
The Hull-born star has had some side effects, including a dry throat, but consultant Dr Guy Lucas has told friends he is recovering satisfactorily for his age.
Friend and tour manager Zeb White said: "It's so far, so good. I've been visiting every other night so as not to encourage Joe to talk and strain his throat.
"His sister Ann has been to see him and he's looking forward to coming out and spending some time recovering at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, near his home."
Joe, who received the stem cell transplant on June 29, has been fighting various forms of cancer since the late 1980s. It returned in 2003 as an aggressive form of leukaemia.