Black Sabbath Guitarist Updates on Cancer
The heavy metal legend that is Black Sabbath
slayer Tony Iommi has offered an update
on his ongoing battle with cancer.
As the release of the much anticipated new Sabbath album '13'
draws closer, the group's legendary guitarist opens up in an
interview with Guitar
World magazine (via
"When I'd finished the chemo and the radiotherapy, I went to
see the doctor again for my regular blood tests," he tells Guitar
World. "I said, 'So it's gone now?' And he said, 'No, it's not
going to go. You're not going to get rid of it. But we can treat it
and work with it.' I got all dismal, because I thought it was gone.
He said there was a 30 percent chance of it going away, but I was
probably going to have this for life. Now I get treatments to keep
it from spreading."
"So every six weeks I go in for an infusion of
Rituximab, which is one of the four ingredients when they give you
the chemo. It takes a few hours, and it makes you feel a bit crap
inside and a bit sick. But a couple weeks after, I start perking up
again. So that's how we are working it with the shows. I go out,
then come back and go into the hospital for more treatment, more
blood tests and all the rest of the rubbish. And then we do it all