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Rolling Stone Reports, Black Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi has gone into remission after completing the treatment for his lymphoma. The good news was delivered during a plaque-unveiling at Spire Parkway Hospital’s Specialist Care Centre in Solihull, England, where his treatment was being given to him.
The 68-year-old guitarist was diagnosed with lymphoma back in 2012, way before the band had started recording their comeback LP “13”, released in 2013. “The surgeon told me he doesn’t expect the cancer to go away. So, I look at life differently now. I could be here another 10 years or just one year — I don’t know.” he explained in a 2015 candid interview with Mirror.
The band has been jetting around on their The End tour, but after the European leg of the tour, Iommi was set to receive his newest test results, and he was more than delighted to share his great news with the public. He broke the news with The Birningham Mail, stating “I am in remission, and hopefully this situation will continue,” he went on “I came back to hospital straight after [Black Sabbath] finished a round of European tour dates, and the good news is that everything is all right up to this point.”
Even tough there is full awareness that the cancer could possibly return one day, Iommi remains optimistic from his chemotherapy and follow-up treatments, feeling they “have done the trick.” not taking any risks with this disease, he is aware that there is still constant upkeep he will have to do “I have a blood test every six weeks at my GP’s, and I come in here at regular intervals for check-ups,” he explained. “That’s something that I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life, looking for any warning signs that it might be rearing its ugly head again.”
The band is set to perform their final show on February 4th in their hometown of Birmingham, England, and with this newly revealed news, its easy to guess that it will be one of the group’s most energy filled and positive shows, rocking their fans one last time, cancer free.