News: Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead Has Bladder Cancer

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philleshAs the headline reads, Rocknuts, Phil Lesh has bladder cancer. It was announced on the Facebook page for Terrapin Crossroads, the restaurant and concert venue he owns in San Rafael, California.

The announcement reads:

I am sorry to let you know that I will need to cancel the October 24th and 25th Phil & Friends shows with Chris Robinson.

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I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests and eventually surgery to remove the tumors. I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non-aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread.

So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell, and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery.

Unfortunately, that means I will have to cancel the PLF shows scheduled for Oct 24/25. We will reschedule these shows as soon as we can, but in the meantime, keep a lookout for a free Grate Room show before I leave for the East Coast shows. I also plan to pop in and jam in the bar before we leave, so I hope to see you there at Terrapin.

The great thing about this is that the prognosis is positive and that a full recovery will be made. Fans might remember that this isn’t Lesh’s first run in with cancer. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006. Rocknuts sends positive vibes for a quick and speedy recovery.

Photo credit: “Phil lesh 12-06-2013” by SaltyBoatr – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phil_lesh_12-06-2013.jpg#/media/File:Phil_lesh_12-06-2013.jpg

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