Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi announces his cancer is in remission



tonyiommiWith all the bad news to come out of 2016 in the world of rock, it’s certainly refreshing to hear some good news as Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi announced on Tuesday that the cancer he has been fighting since 2012 is in remission.

Iommi was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma in 2012. While presenting an award at the facility where he has been receiving treatment, The Spire Specialist Care Centre at the Solihull’s Spire Parkway Hospital in Birmingham, U.K., Iommi revealed the good news.

“I came back to hospital straight after we finished a round of European tour dates, and the good news is that everything is alright up to this point,” Iommi said, via the Birmingham Mail. “I am in remission and hopefully, this situation will continue. The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick – but I’m aware that it could come back one day.

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Iommi will have to continue to undergo tests for the remainder of his life to check the status of his condition.

“I have a blood test every six weeks at my GP’s, and I come in here at regular intervals for check-ups,” Iommi said. “That’s something that I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life, looking for any warning signs that it might be rearing its ugly head again.”

Black Sabbath is currently in the middle of a break on their “The End” farewell tour, which will resume on August 17 in Wantagh, New York and conclude on February 4, 2017 in Birmingham, U.K.

(h/t RollingStone.com)

Photocredit: Photobra (Adam Bielawski) (via Wikimedia Commons)

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