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Black Sabbath Guitarist Updates on Cancer Battle

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The heavy metal legend that is Black Sabbath slayer Tony Iommi has offered an update on his ongoing battle with cancer.

As the release of the much anticipated new Sabbath album '13' draws closer, the group's legendary guitarist opens up in an interview with Guitar World magazine (via Metal Hammer).

"When I'd finished the chemo and the radiotherapy, I went to see the doctor again for my regular blood tests," he tells Guitar World. "I said, 'So it's gone now?' And he said, 'No, it's not going to go. You're not going to get rid of it. But we can treat it and work with it.' I got all dismal, because I thought it was gone. He said there was a 30 percent chance of it going away, but I was probably going to have this for life. Now I get treatments to keep it from spreading."

"So every six weeks I go in for an infusion of Rituximab, which is one of the four ingredients when they give you the chemo. It takes a few hours, and it makes you feel a bit crap inside and a bit sick. But a couple weeks after, I start perking up again. So that's how we are working it with the shows. I go out, then come back and go into the hospital for more treatment, more blood tests and all the rest of the rubbish. And then we do it all over again."


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