TikToker Toeknee Corrado Documented His Cancer Journey Through Comedy — He's Now in Complete Remission!

Allison DeGrushe - Author

Nov. 21 2023, Updated 12:52 p.m. ET

TikTok user Toeknee Corrado has been documenting his cancer journey with a smile.
Source: TikTok / @toekneecorrado

The Gist:

  • TikToker Anthony "Toeknee" Corrado learned he had lymphoma after getting surgery for what was initially thought to be a hernia.
  • In May 2023, he began documenting his cancer journey through comedy.
  • In November 2023, he shared the wonderful news that he was in complete remission.
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After undergoing hernia surgery in May 2023, TikTok star Anthony "Toeknee" Corrado (@toekneecorrado) revealed that the operation unveiled a shocking diagnosis. On May 30, he posted a video to the wildly popular social media platform and ripped the band-aid off immediately: "I have cancer."

"About a week ago, I posted a video documenting what I thought was my hernia surgery; however, it was not a hernia. After the surgery was over, we found out that it was actually a cyst in my lymph node in my groin," he continued. "They removed the cyst and sent it to pathology, and it came back positive for lymphoma."

Thankfully, the TikToker said the type of lymphoma he has is "very treatable and very curable." With that said, read on to learn more about his condition and how he's been using comedy to document his journey on social media — as well as the wonderful update he shared in November 2023.

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On May 30, 2023, TikToker Toeknee Corrado revealed his cancer diagnosis as well as his impressive golf swing.
Source: TikTok / @toekneecorrado

On May 30, 2023, Toeknee Corrado revealed his cancer diagnosis as well as his impressive golf swing.

TikTok star Toeknee Corrado documented his cancer journey through comedy.

"The reason I'm sharing this with you all is because things are gonna kinda change in the short term. One of the major things is that I'm pretty much, without a doubt, going to lose my hair," he said in the May 30 video. "It's looking like my treatment is going to consist of six cycles of chemotherapy, so roughly five and a half to six months of treatment."

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Anthony shared, "I got diagnosed on May 23, and since then, I'm eating super clean, getting outside in the sun, [and] exercising. I'm gonna do everything I can to just absolutely strangle and suffocate and just murder every single cancer cell in my body. I have no doubt that I'm gonna just murder this s--t."

"Hopefully, when it's all said and done, I'm even stronger than I was before," he added.

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After that, Anthony began documenting his cancer journey in the best way possible — comedy. In a TikTok video shared on June 11, the creator revealed he got his Echo and PET-CT scan.

"An echo scan is a scan of my heart," Anthony explained to his followers, "and a PET-CT scan is when I get into a tube and they put radioactive juice in you. They do that so they can see all the bad stuff."

He then briefly danced to "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons before going in for the echo scan. While there, he flexed his muscles and kicked his feet — all in all, just making light of what was likely a terrifying day. Anthony later sang and danced to a song by the fake boy band Boyz 'N Motion from That's So Raven in the waiting room for his PET-CT scan.

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On June 17, Anthony showed the process of getting his new port placed: "If you don't know what a port placement is, they shaved my Italian chest bare, and they're going to be putting a port somewhere around here," the TikToker said, pointing toward his upper chest. "And that’s basically going to make it super easy to get my chemo."

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"I'm also technically gonna be like a bionic man, I'm gonna be like part bionic," Anthony added, and soon enough, "Mr. Roboto" by Styx played in the background as he started dancing like a robot in his hospital bed.

He was then rolled out of the hospital room for his port placement, as the hit song "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield played in the background. Ugh — so freaking iconic of him.

One week later, on June 23, Anthony documented his first round of chemo. He pretended his hospital room was in an episode of MTV Cribs, pointing to the bed and saying, "This right here? This is where all the magic happens."

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Anthony also joked about having to use the bathroom constantly because of all the fluids being pumped into him: "If you think about it, every time I go pee, I'm actually peeing out the cancer cells, and then I'm flushing them down into the dirty, deep depths of the Chicago sewer system, where they belong."

Anthony later created a hilarious music video featuring plenty of dancing on the hospital bed and breaking down as his IV pumps the medicine into his body.

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He's shared several other videos since his first round of treatment, and one on July 10 showed the TikToker starting to lose his hair. As a result, he shaved his head and jokingly said, "Wow, lymphoma has never looked so good."

Anthony also shared that he participated in the 2023 Chicago Lymphoma Walk.

On Aug. 7, 2023, he posted a video with the caption, "These cancer cells really thought they could hold me back." The entertaining clip showed Anthony dancing in his hospital room with his nurses, riding a horse, as well as doing push-ups and catching footballs in his hospital gown.

Later that month, he documented his appearance on GMA3. "Hey Mom, how ya doing, I made it!" he said into the camera during his interview. "Stop crying, Mom, I know you're crying right now, stop crying."

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Anthony, who also partnered with the Lymphoma Research Foundation, continued documenting the fourth, fifth, and final round of his chemo treatments. The fifth treatment session saw him endure a "hiccup" when he learned he was having an issue with one of his medications and would now need to make visits to a cardiologist. Though he was a bit nauseous and felt as if he might be having a panic attack at one point, he of course found time to eventually dance flawlessly during the video.

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For his sixth and final round of chemo, while wearing a crown and declaring himself the "chemo king," he danced to "Last Dance" by Donna Summer before treating the nursing staff to donuts and thanking them for being "saints on earth."

He also rocked out to Fallout Boy's "Thanks for the Memories" with them. And of course, he got to ring the bell to signal the completion of his treatments.

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About a month and half after he completed his treatments, Anthony showed himself going in for a PET scan and, soon after, receiving the best news on the phone when he was told that he was in "complete remission."

An emotional Anthony thanked his viewers for being "right by my side the whole time, and that made it that much better for me." He said that he understood that he'd still need to continue with checkups and more appointments related to his health, but that he'd accomplished the goal he'd set out to accomplish.

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"For everyone who's still fighting, keep kicking ass, keep going — just keep going," he said before ending the video. "I love you all; good night."

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