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New Found Glory Guitarist May Have Cancer

01/27/2010
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Chad Gilbert from New Found Glory told fans on Tuesday that he is having surgery to remove half of his possibly cancerous thyroid. He posted a Twitter link to the following blog statement (However, nothing has been posted on the band's official site):

"Two weeks ago when I went to the Doctor with pneumonia.. they found some nodules in my thyroid , and one of them is a little bigger then a quarter. They did a biopsy and the report came back that there are some suspicious cells in the cyst. So due to the size and to be safe, Today at 2:45 I am having surgery and getting half of my thyroid removed. Immediately after removing it they will observe it and see if it looks like a cancer. If they find anything they will remove the rest of my thyroid. The odds are in my favor for it to be nothing which keeps me positive going inů

"I am only planning on missing the first three shows of this tour, and my good friend Anthony Raneri from the band Bayside will be filling in for me until i make it back out. Thanks again for all the love and support and I hope to see you all super soon. "

Hopefully there will be an update posted on that blog when something is known. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Hayley Williams of Paramore did post a quick Twitter update on Wednesday, "Today was nuts. But @XChadballX [Chad's Twitter address] is back for the attack! Thanks everyone for your prayers and encouragment It means so much."

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