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Hodgkin's Recurrence for Def Leppard Guitarist
Vivian Campbell, the rock guitarist formerly of Dio and other bands and currently a member of Def Leppard, has unfortunately announced that his Hodgkin's lymphoma has recurred.
He announced as much on his Facebook page, writing,
“I’m saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned. However, I’m beyond consolation that its return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while. I’m still working on a schedule of treatment with my doctors, but I will see you all very soon. My apologies.”
Initially diagnosed in the summer of 2013, Campbell immediately underwent treatment and within five months was said to be in remission. A year later he underwent a stem cell transplantation when the Hodgkin's first recurred. It is believed that the transplant was Campbell's third therapy for the disease: he underwent an undisclosed frontline therapy, then (most likely, according to Campbell's statements) he was administered Adcetris, and finally the transplant, although it's possible Adcetris was administered as a consolidation therapy following the transplant.
His band, Def Leppard, is currently in the midst of preparing for a summer tour with fellow rock bands Tesla and Styx. Since Campbell will not be joining them, there's no official word yet on who will replace him for the tour.