Former Home and Away star diagnosed with cancer

Former Home and Away star Tessa James has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 23-year-old, who is married to Australian rugby league star Nate Myles, has Hodgkin's lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Before the shock diagnosis, James had been based in Los Angeles pursuing acting opportunities, but she has returned to Queensland for treatment.

The pair released an official statement about the diagnosis to the Daily Telegraph.

"Former Home and Away actor, Tessa James 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," the pair said in the statement.

James played Nicole Franklin in Home and Away for three years and left the show because of interest from US agents.

She and Myles were married in January, 2012, in a top-secret ceremony.

Australian singer Delta Goodrem was also diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, when she was just 18 and at the top of the Australian music charts.

Goodrem, now 29, underwent gruelling medical treatment and lost all her hair, before making a recovery from the disease.

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