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Def Leppard Guitarist Diagnosed With Cancer

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def leppard guitarist vivian campbell diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma

Nothing can keep Vivian Campbell from rocking! Not even cancer!

The Def Leppard guitarist has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma after he decided to get a check-up for a "cough that wouldn't quit."

The 50 year-old rocker was prescribed six months of chemotherapy and has already started his treatment, and surprisingly he's kept his spirits VERY high:

"I'm about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!"

That's certainly a positive way to look at it!

Def Leppard is preparing to kick off a summer tour at the end of the month and Vivian says he's not going to let a little thing like cancer keep him from rocking:

"The reason I’m sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, 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."

It's amazing to see how positive and brave he's being through a very difficult time, and we're sure the support from his bandmates and fans throughout their tour will help him get through his treatment.

We send all of our support to Vivian and his family and hope we'll see him rocking for many more years to come!

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