Def Leppard Guitarist Says His Hodgkin's Has Returned


During a conversation with the West Palm Beach, Fla. rock station 98.7 The Gater, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell made the announcement that his cancer appears to have returned.

"[My Hodgkin’s lymphoma] seems to be, kind of, coming back again," he said. "But I’m not concerned about it. I mean, it’s just a process. I mean, it always was a little bit touch-and-go. But, you know, it’s just a process to get through.

"I mean, like I said, it’s absolutely nothing I’m concerned about, but it’s something I need to start the process, I need to get a handle on, so that I am free and clear to tour this summer. So, all good. You know what I mean?”

Assuming Campbell underwent standard treatment for his Hodgkin's, this might be slightly more concerning than he is letting on, since about ten percent of Hodgkin's patients do not respond to frontline therapy and are much more difficult to treat than the other 90 percent. Fortunately, new agents have been developed, such as Adcetris, to help patients whose Hodgkin's have recurred or relapsed.

In June of 2013, Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He had begun treatment by then and five months later, in November of that year, Campbell announced that he was in remission from Hodgkin's.


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