Campbell vows: Cancer won’t slow me down
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has vowed not to let his cancer battle slow him down.
Earlier this week he announced that he was two months into a six-month programme of chemotherapy, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
He reported that, despite having lost his hair, he was feeling “rather spiffy.” Noting his form of the disease has an 80% cure rate, he added: “If you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!”
Now he’s underlined that he’s planning to be on stage when Def Lep resume touring duties in a few weeks, and to be present when Last In Line, featuring original members of Dio, hit the road across the UK later in the summer.
Campbell says: “Thank you to all who have offered support. I’m very, very touched by that. Be assured that the Last In Line shows will still be happening in August. I have no intention of letting cancer slow me down. I look forward to seeing you then.”
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is most likely to be diagnosed in people aged 15 to 35, or those over 55. Between 2001 and 2007, nearly 84% of victims survived over five years beyond diagnosis, with many living for over 40 years.