Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Fighting Cancer

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed he's fighting cancer but says he's feeling "rather spiffy." He's two months into a six-month term of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of the disease which has a high clean-up rate.

And he says he wants fans to know in advance of Def Lep's upcoming tour dates so that they're ready for his lack of hair. Campbell reports: "I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit'. Otherwise, how would I have known?

"After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe hence the cough.

"What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn't make it to rehearsal that day, but it's okay; I know the songs by now!"

After Hodgkin's Lymphoma was diagnosed, Campbell was lined up for half a year's worth of chemo, which began in April. He says: "I'm feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!" more on this story

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