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Exodus Drummer Tom Hunting Begins Chemotherapy Treatment

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Exodus drummer Tom Hunting has begun chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

The drummer shared the above photo of himself on social media, along with the following message:

“Getting my 1st Chemikill Concocted Cancer Killing Cocktail”!!🍹👊💪🤙🤘🌎🎵Thank You ALL for your support!! —Tom #fansrule #family #thrashmetal #goingtobeatthis #fuckcancer

On Tuesday, Hunting revealed that he’s been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, “a gastric tumor… in my upper stomach.” He assured fans, however, that he is confident he can win this battle:

“I’m gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I’ve had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I’m ready for the fight!”

Although guitarist Gary Holt is Exodus’ most famous member, Hunting co-founded the band before Holt ever joined. He appeared on Exodus’ first three albums Bonded by BloodPleasures of the Flesh, and Fabulous Disaster, before leaving the group in 1989. He rejoined the band in 1996; left again following 2004’s Tempo of the Damned; and then re-joined once more for 2007’s The Atrocity Exhibition… Exhibit A and its successors, Exhibit B: The Human Condition (2010) and Blood In, Blood Out (2014).

A new Exodus album, Persona Non Grata — also featuring Hunting — is due later this year.

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