Adam Yauch, known as MCA from the Beastie Boys, has revealed that his cancer battle has forced him to make some serious changes to his lifestyle.

The musician, who is Buddhist, was diagnosed two years ago with cancer of the preaortic gland and lymph node. He immediately sought treatment for the disease from Tibetan doctors who recommended a strict vegan, organic diet along with Chinese medicine. In a note to his fans, he wrote:

“so i just got back from dharamsala, india. went over there to see some tibetan doctors, but as it worked out, the Dalai Lama was giving a 3 day teaching, so i was able to attend that as well.”

“i’m feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that i’ve beaten this thing, but of course time will tell. i’m taking tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the tibetan doctors i’ve been eating a vegan/organic diet, which surprisingly enough was harder to do in india than it is now that i’m back home. here i can just shop for the right food and cook… a lot easier than depending on restaurants.”

Yauch certainly has the support of his bandmates — with fellow rapper Mike D also rocking the vegan scene.

The Beastie Boys are expected to release their new album, "Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2," in the coming months. I wish Yauch nothing but the best as he works towards recovery.

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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch goes vegan to fight cancer
Hip-hop artist made dietary change under the advice of Tibetan doctors.