Tony Iommi Continues Cancer Treatment Following US Tour

The Iron Man might be rocking all over the world, but he's having to fly back to the UK for on-going treatment.

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Tony Iommi continues to receive cancer treatments after Black Sabbath completed its North American tour on September 3.

"Well, we've finished the US leg of our world tour," writes Iommi on his website. "It was a bit longer than I would have liked as I've already been in hospital having another infusion. The tour was amazing though, you always hope it's going to go well but you never know, it's great to look out and see so many people of all ages."

Iommi adds that the new songs have been received well by Sabbath fans, and that he's looking forward to taking the band to South America - a first for him, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler at the same time.

So what is his treatment really like? Iommi described the rare treatment in Spring:

"I have to have an antibody administered by drip every six weeks or so to keep the lymphoma in check. It sort of coats the cancer cells, stops it from going anywhere else. I have to come back home no matter where I might be in the world. The tour dates are arranged so that I can always get back for treatment.

"It's relatively new treatment and they don't know what all the side-effects might be yet, but I wanted to try it. After each session I feel sick and tired, and that lasts for a week or so. I'm finding that it takes around 10 days to fully recover from each round of treatment, but if that's what it takes, I have to accept it."

Did you catch Black Sabbath on their North American tour? Let us know what you thought of the show in the comments.

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    We, your fans, are not ready to send you Into the Void. Here's hoping you beat it, and kick cancers ass!
    Jacques Nel
    I'd have you know I down voted you because: -I don't care much for your username -Metal can't be killed, it's a metaphor and therefor none of what you said is a fact as such -I like pancakes and you did not offer me any
    Jacques Nel
    I see we are going to have to do this as you are looking for a fact based conversation: kill - verb (to cause the death of a person, animal or other LIVING THING). Metal is not a living thing as defined. Furthermore, becoming unpopular does not cause death, you are quite unpopular from your comments and I see you are still alive, unfortunately. So your self-righteous ass is not as factual as you think you are. Also I'm neither a teenager nor a metalhead so check your so called 'facts' before throwing a hissy fit on UG. ...and where do you get off judging anyone when you have one of the most immature usernames of anyone on this site?
    I cannot wait to see these guys in Manchester in December. Watching the fathers of metal do their thing on stage, it's going to be epic.
    I saw them in concert in PA. They were fantastic, put on such a show, and Iommi still rips the hell out of his guitar.
    Glad he's doing okay, but why is this in the news? He'll nost likely have treatment every couple weeks for the rest of his life.
    My best wishes go towards Tony's improvement in health. I believe he'll do fine.
    Dude, havent you heard of a little album called Far Beyond Driven by PanterA? Released in 94 to be exact, during the "grunge craze" The F*cking thing debuted at #1. Grunge what?
    You don't get it, do you? Metal doesn't need to rule the f*cking charts. It's very existence, ever since Iommi played the legendary tri-tone in Black Sabbath, is to defy chart music. It thrives on being hated and unwanted by the world around it.
    Hell yes I caught Sabbath during their North American tour. It was amazing! I honestly never thought I'd ever be able to say I saw Black Sabbath live. Hope Tony's health improves.
    Of course he continues treatment... He has cancer!! This is hardly news. Good to know it's not killing him just now though. 13 was a beast!