Vivian Campbell, Def Leppard guitarist, talks cancer diagnosis
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell revealed on his official Facebook page on Monday, June 10, that he is being treated for cancer.
Campbell wrote in a post that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and has been in chemotherapy for two months.
"I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit.' Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed," Campbell wrote. "A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling maneuvers on my windpipe -- hence the cough."
Campbell said he underwent a biopsy on March 11, right when the band was just starting rehearsal for their Las Vegas shows.
"My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment," he later added. "I'm about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80 percent cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!"
The 50-year-old, who added that he is now bald, said in his statement that he still intends on going on tour with Def Leppard over the summer and joked that he didn't want "anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund." The band's first show will be at the Hellfest music festival in France on June 21.
"My family, friends and bandmates have all been extremely supportive through this," he wrote at the end of his statement. "I look forward to a summer full of shows with both Def Leppard in June/July and the debut of Last In Line this August."
Def Leppard was one of the most popular hair metal groups of the 1980s. The band is known for hits such as "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Bringin' On The Heartbreak," "Love Bites," Rock of Ages" and "Hysteria."