Posted: Sunday, 03 August 2014 6:20AM

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Reveals That His Cancer Is in Remission



Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityDef Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has shared some encouraging news about his battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.  In a message posted on his official Facebook page on Thursday, the 51-year-old rocker reports that he had a scan this past Tuesday that shows "the cancer is in remission."

While noting that the finding was "great news," Campbell added, "I'm trying not to get too excited about it as I heard that same phrase late last year only to be disappointed again a few months after when [the cancer] returned."

Vivian continues to tour with Def Leppard, who are out on the road with KISS through the end of August, and he says his treatment plan calls for him "to do a stem cell transplant as soon as the tour is finished."

Meanwhile, Campbell reports that his doctors have recommended that he undergo a third chemotherapy regimen to keep him in remission, so "I'm back in hospital, all hooked up and doing my rock n' roll drugs."  He adds, jokingly, "Keef would be most proud!" referring to The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards.

Outside of the positive news about his cancer, Campbell had another reason to celebrate this past month, as he married his longtime girlfriend, Caitlin Phaneuf, on July 4.

Def Leppard's next concert with KISS takes place on Tuesday in Saratoga Springs, New York.


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