Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Is Being Treated For Tongue Cancer

Iron Maiden have revealed their frontman Bruce Dickinson is currently undergoing treatment for cancer after a tumour was discovered on his tongue.

The band say in a statement on their website that the tumour was caught early and he is expected to make a complete recovery. Dickinson has just completed a seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment and according to the statement his medical team expect the singer to be in the clear 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,” reads the statement.

“Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.” The tumour was discovered during a routine check-up which led to some tests and biopsies.

Iron Maiden completed a three-year world tour in July 2014 with a headline slot at the UK’s Sonisphere Festival, where Dickson, who is also a pilot, took part in a mock aerial battle in a 100-year-old plane above the festival site. While onstage, he also hinted at a new album.

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