Dire Straits' John Illsley Kept His Cancer Battle Private

(Classic Rock) John Illsley composed songs for his new album in hospital while undergoing treatment for leukemia. The Dire Straits bassist releases his new solo album Testing The Water on Monday, June 16, and reveals that he has been battling leukaemia for years without telling friends or family.

Some of the songs on his new album were written from a hospital bed, where John as successfully treated using stem cells from his sister. John tells the Mail on Sunday:

"I remember sitting in the doctor's office with my wife and being told that I had cancer. I asked for the bottom line and bluntly the doctor said I probably had 10 years left. I have to say that brought me up quite short." more on this story

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