Def Leppard Guitarist Receiving Treatment for Hodgkin's


Rock guitarist Vivian Campbell, currently playing with Def Leppard, announced Monday that he has been receiving chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Campbell, who had previously played in Dio and Whitesnake, among other bands, says he had a "cough that wouldn't quit" which alerted him to see a doctor.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that fewer than 10,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with Hodgkin's annually.

At 50, Campbell is a bit on the older side for such a diagnosis, as about 60 percent of Hodgkin's diagnoses are made in people under the age of 45.

The guitarist made the announcement on Def Leppard's Facebook page, making light of the situation:

The reason I’m sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer with the band and I don’t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.

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