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Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell reveals cancer diagnosis
Despite battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma, guitarist says he still plans on touring with the band this summer.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Vivian Campbell, guitarist for the rock band Def Leppard, has publicly announced that he's battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
"My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment," the 50-year-old said in a statement posted to the Def Leppard Facebook page
. "I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!"
"The reason I’m sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer with the band and I don’t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really."
Campbell, who has been with the band since 1992, said he discovered the ailment after going to see doctors for a "cough that wouldn't quit."
"A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough," he shared. "What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th."
Campbell's post online has since amassed over 6,600 likes, 957 shares, and 1,100 comments.
"As a cancer patient I want to share that for all 33 rounds of radiation I had Def Leppard tunes blaring in my radiation machine," wrote one fan. "I didn't care that it might have scared the older folks... if it is too loud then you are just too old is my motto! It is touching to hear how positive Vivian is and I wish him all the best!"
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