Def Leppard - Vivian Campbell Is Battling Cancer

Def Leppard rocker Vivian Campbell is battling cancer.

The guitarist, who joined the Animal hitmakers in 1992, went for tests earlier this year (13) after developing a "cough that wouldn't quit". Medics have since diagnosed him with Hodgkin's lymphoma and recommended a six-month bout of chemotherapy.

A statement provided by Campbell to Billboard.com reads: "I'm about two months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80 per cent cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!"

The rocker, 50, is still planning to join Def Leppard on tour later this year (13), adding, "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."


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