Campbell ‘in remission’ from cancer
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has announced he’s in remission from cancer.
He reported in June that he was two months into chemotherapy after having been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of the disease which has a high clean-up rate.
His condition curtailed touring plans for Last In Line, the band he formed with fellow ex-members of Dio, although Campbell has kept working throughout his treatment, including Def Leppard’s residency in Las Vegas.
Now he says: “For anyone who gives a toss: after doing another PET scan and all the other follow-up tests, then getting a second opinion etc, I’m officially in remission from Hodgies.
“That’s the good news. The bad news is I no longer have an excuse to not go to the gym.”
The US National Cancer Institute defined the term “in remission” as “a decrease in or disappearance of signs and symptoms of cancer. In partial remission, some, but not all, signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared. In complete remission, all signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared, although cancer still may be in the body.”
In a video interview last month, Campbell thanked doctors for allowing him to remain busy during his treatment. He recently admitted he was avoiding watching Def Lep’s live movie Viva! Hysteria because he didn’t want to see how ill he looked.