Monkees star Peter Tork has revealed he's a cancer survivor after quietly battling the disease in 2008.
The Daydream Believer hitmaker, who recently reunited with bandmates Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz for an ill-fated U.K. summer (11) tour, was diagnosed with a rare form of throat cancer and doctors had to remove a tumour during six hours of surgery in early 2009.
Tork tells the Globe, "It went right from my tongue down my throat. They cut from my lower lip into my throat and opened my jawbone to get to the part of the neck and throat, where the tumour was located."
The star underwent radical new proton therapy for six weeks to zap the cancer and many of his saliva glands were destroyed - but he has since fully recovered.
The Monkees' tour, which began in May (11), was scrapped in July (11) following a management dispute.