Iommi Updates Fans on Lymphoma Treatment


The legendary guitarist diagnosed with lymphoma issued a New Years' Day update on his web site.

Tony Iommi, lead guitarist for metal band Black Sabbath, has told fans by way of his personal web site that he has nearly finished his treatment for B-cell follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma:

We’ve some good things lined up for the coming year, firstly the Grammy’s, then some dates in the US and Canada, and in the summer a quick trip round Europe. I should also be finishing my regular treatment and I’m hoping to not get so tired, all positive.

Iommi likely means that the maintenance therapy he is receiving-- MabThera (rituximab) will be ending soon. However, since follicular lymphoma is an indolent cancer that is not considered curable, Iommi will most likely require more therapy sometime in the future.

In the meantime, Iommi and the band will attend the Grammys, where they have been nominated for Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album and Best Metal Performance.


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