Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is being treated for cancer of the tongue, the heavy metal band announced on its website Thursday. But it was caught early, seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation have just been completed, and a full recovery is expected, the announcement said. “Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive,” it concluded.
The announcement said that before Christmas, Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies, which revealed a small cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue.
“As the tumor was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good,” the announcement said. “Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all-clear envisaged by late May.
“It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May.”
Dickinson, 56, joined the British megastar band in the early 1980s, and is also a commercial airline pilot. Iron Maiden’s hits include Run to the Hills and The Number of the Beast.
Last year, the band announced that Clive Burr, former drummer with Iron Maiden, had died in his London home in March. He was 56 and had multiple sclerosis.
*This news story was resourced by the Oral Cancer Foundation, and vetted for appropriateness and accuracy.