Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is undergoing cancer treatment for a tumor on his tongue.
The rocker visited his doctor in December for a routine check-up, when a cancerous growth was spotted on the back of his tongue.
Dickinson, 56, is undergoing a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
In a statement, Iron Maiden announced the scary news.
The statement reads, “Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce DICkinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday.
“As the tumor was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime, we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.”
The band is reportedly putting the finishing touches on its new studio album with longtime producer Kevin Shirley for a 2015 release.
Their 15th CD, “The Final Frontier”, sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.
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