By now, you should have read the sad news that Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden has a cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue, for which he is seeking treatment.
It’s scary when your heroes fall ill, but by all accounts, Bruce will be back on his feet and belting out songs soon enough.
Bruce recently underwent a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology to treat tumor and now, the band’s longtime manager Rod Smallwood has checked in with an update.
Smallwood (which is an unfortunate last name) said that Bruce “asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of Maiden fans.”
He added that “radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven-week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However, prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery.”
“Following the scan, we will officially update you on [the band’s official] website at the appropriate time, probably in late May. After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. Naturally, the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress. Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated.”
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