Thursday, March 5, 2015
Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood has issued a statement updating singer Bruce Dickinson’s health status as he recovers from recent cancer treatments.
The band announced Dickinson’s cancer diagnosis on February 19, saying a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue was discovered during a routine visit to the doctor just prior to Christmas; a seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed and the prognosis is for a full recovery by late May.
“Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes,” says Smallwood. “He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of Maiden fans.
“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 our 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.”
Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain recently revealed the band recorded a new album in 2014 and its planned release is on hold while the group focuses on Dickinson’s recovery.
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