Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Diagnosed With Cancer

The axeman reveals his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis.

Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Diagnosed With Cancer
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Def Leppard axeman Vivian Campbell has officially revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer. The original Dio guitarist posted an announcement saying that the surgical biopsy we underwent in March confirmed that he has Hodgkin's lymphoma. However, Campbell is determined not to let the cancer and chemotherapy get in the way of his career, as he will still embark on a summer tour with the band. "I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit,'" the guitarist said in a Facebook announcement. "Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling maneuvers on my windpipe hence the cough. "What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn't make it to rehearsal that day, but it's okay; I know the songs by now..." Campbell then revealed his illness, saying, "My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. 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 youre 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. "My family, friends and bandmates have all been extremely supportive through this and 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," the guitarist concluded. Apart from Def Leppard and Dio, Campbell was also a member of Whitesnake, Sweet Savage and several other bands. The summer Def Leppard tour will kick off on June 21 at the Hellfest in France and will keep the five-piece busy until mid-July.

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    DickHardwood
    This sucks but it's great he has a good sense of humor about it.
    sideslick
    "me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair)" really got me. If I ever get cancer (heaven forbid!) I'm so using that.
    starfire666
    "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." - epicness level 9000 right there
    Lightning_Ray
    Fortunately (if such a word applies to situations like that), his lymphoma has a very high cure rate, hope he'll pass this! And the guy's sense of humor about this is fantastic!
    dreid77447
    doesn't matter what type of cancer it is-- cancer in general sucks but huge props to him for telling people he has cancer and is wasting no time in kicking its ass. wish i had the $ to see the new aerodynamic Viv and the boys in concert this summer
    trailofblood
    Holy Diver, Sacred Heart and Last in line albums - what's more to say? Vivian I'm forever grateful get well!
    proto1969
    Thats so sad. The Rainbow in The dark Solo is so sick. First Dio Now him? whos next jimmy Bain or appice? hope he gets better.
    Kstallion7
    Saw Vivian twice at the Vegas Residency Tour, it was awesome. I hope he gets better soon.
    Punk_Kid
    He has the same cancer as Tony Iommi, if that's any consolation/useless trivia
    sca.smith
    Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a type of Lymphoma, Iommi's cancer is a little more difficult to control.
    Spadge71
    Good luck Viv, seeya on tour this year and many years to come we hope.
    FlyingPirahna
    A teacher of mine back in high school had Hodgkin's too, and he recovered really well. Didn't even have to stop teaching. So it's good that Vivian got lucky and at least got a very treatable form of the disease.
    Robv93
    this has truly been a terrible year so far if you've been a musician, wish him a speedy recovery!
    A/R/T
    Yeah it has been but really i think we all do wish him a quick recovery for he has put out some great stuff in his years. Just wish Def Leppard was playing closer to where i lived.