Former Home and Away star announces shock cancer diagnosis

Tragic news today as Tessa James announced that she will soon be starting chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Tessa is best known for her three year role on Australian soap Home and Away, playing Nicole Franklin. Tessa, who left the soap in 2001, is just 23 year's old.

Tessa and her husband Nate Myers released an official statement today about her illness.

“Former Home and Away actor, Tessa James today announced she has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” the statement said.

“She has returned home to the Gold Coast to be with her husband, Gold Coast Titans Co-captain, Nate Myles”

Tessa will be undergoing chemotherapy over the next few months. Tessa and Nate would like to thank all for their well wishes and would ask for privacy during this very difficult time."

Our thoughts are with you Tessa, best of luck with your recovery.