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An Update on Bruce Dickinson’s Battle with Tongue Cancer

Iron Maiden in Frankfurt, Germany, 12th June 2013, Photo by John McMurtrie
Iron Maiden in Frankfurt, Germany, 12th June 2013, Photo by John McMurtrie

The metal world shed a collective fuckton of tears a couple weeks back when we learned that Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson was battling tongue cancer. Though it was reported that the tumor was caught in the early stages and that treatment had already been completed and the prognosis was good, the news was still incredibly troubling.

Today’s update from Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood should perhaps help fans breathe a small sigh of relief, or at the very least give us a bit more info about what’s going on. From [via Metal Insider]:

Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of Maiden fans.

Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on this website at the appropriate time, probably in late May.

After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness.  Naturally the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress.

Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated.


Rod Smallwood

To say that the ensuing two months will be incredibly nerve-wracking — for Bruce, his friends and family, and Iron Maiden fans alike — is a drastic understatement. I can only imagine what waiting for that kind of news feels like.

Continuing to wish Bruce all the best from everyone at MetalSucks.


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