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Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Diagnosed With Cancer

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Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell (who has also previously been a member of Sweet Savage and Dio) has announced through the official Def Leppard website that he is currently two months into chemotherapy treatment, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Despite the treatment Campbell has promised that he will still be performing with the band this Summer. The post from Campbell reads as follows:

“I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now.

"My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!

"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.

"My family, friends and bandmates have all been extremely supportive through this and I look forward to a summer full of shows with both Def Leppard in June/July and the debut of Last In Line this August."

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1. spiral_architect writes:

SAD NEWS, BUT THERE IS AN 80% CURE RATE FOR HIS TYPE OF CANCER, SO ALL HOPE IS NOT GONE. I FIRST DISCOVERED VIVIAN CAMPBELL BACK WHEN DIO'S HOLY DIVER CAME OUT, AND FOLLOWED HIM AS EACH DIO ALBUM CAME OUT . THE MAN CAN SHRED! I PAID LESS ATTENTION WHEN HE JOINED DEF LEPPARD, BECAUSE HIS ABILITIES WERE NOT SHOWCASED IN THAT BAND. DEF LEPPARD SADLY SEEMS TO LOSE MORE AND MORE OF ITS METAL CRUNCH WITH EACH SUCCESSIVE RELEASE. I HOPE HE BEATS THE CANCER SOON.

# Jun 10, 2013 @ 2:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. ZMA writes:

That's rough dude. I hope he pulls through. Eat cannabis oil. If it's true, it'll actually heal you, which is pretty awesome sounding. I dunno though, I don't feel like starting a war with anyone who goes, "that's total bullsh!t." But if I had cancer, I'd give it a shot. What doesn't kill me, will get me high as fvck lol, not really.
Anyway, I do hope he pulls through and beats this.

# Jun 11, 2013 @ 1:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. DreamHeater writes:

That's eerie...

I was diagnosed with the exact same cancer last month, and I'm getting the same treatment. Just had my second round of chemo and I'm feeling great... But I even had the same symptoms as him, I went to the doctor because I had a little cough that wouldn't go away.

Best of luck in beating this thing, dude, I'll be doing it with ya.

# Jun 29, 2013 @ 11:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Vizator writes:

What are these guys, 55-60 and still rocking hard? Hope Campbell beats this.

# Jun 29, 2013 @ 5:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

I'm sorry to hear that, DreamHeater. I hope you get better real soon!

# Jun 29, 2013 @ 7:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Blindgreed1 writes:

Vizator: I guess if you can say the latest Def Lepard rocks hard with a straight face... Yes?

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