British rocker Wilko Johnson feels "80 to 90 per cent" better following his cancer surgery and is raring to perform again.

The former Dr. Feelgood star was given months to live when his pancreatic cancer was declared inoperable last year (13) but defied doctors by continuing to perform.

One of his fans, who was a surgeon, urged him to get a second opinion, and Johnson's tumour was removed in April (14). The veteran musician declared himself cancer-free at his first public event post-operation in October (14), and he has now revealed he is feeling "pretty fit" and anxious to return to the stage early in 2015.

He tells U.K. Tv show BBC Breakfast, "In June I think it was, I went home and I was like, 'Oh man, I'm so weak'. I felt so weak. I was exercising by trying to walk round the block of an evening and I'm hanging onto the walls and puffing and panting. I didn't think I'd ever get well, but Mr. Huguet, the surgeon, was constantly on the phone to me and said, 'Don't worry it will come back' and it is coming back. I think I'm almost 80-90 per cent back.

"Now my mind is still getting used to the idea that life goes on... I want to get playing again and I think that will be possible soon in the new year... This being in hospital and recuperating has taken up a large part of this year. I have never been so long without playing... There's a slight apprehension, you know, of 'Can I still do it?'"