In a statement posted today to ironmaiden.com, the band’s camp writes that Dickinson has completed a seven-week treatment for a cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue. The cancerous tumor was luckily caught early enough in December during a routine check-up. “[T]he prognosis thankfully is extremely good,” the statement reads, and he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Even so, the singer will need several months to recover.
Here’s official word from the band:
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 tumour 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.
Iron Maiden’s last album, the Final Frontier, was released in 2010.