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    Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:21:19

    Eddie Van Halen's Cancer Returned in 2011...Twice - He had tongue cancer

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    • Van Halen - LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Musician Alex Van Halen (L) and Stine Schyberg attend MOCA's 35th Anniversary Gala presented by Louis Vuitton at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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    Guitar god Eddie Van Halen was diagnosed with oral cancer back in May of 2000 and lost of a third of his tongue in the treatment process.

    The legend reveals that doctors found cancerous cells in his throat last spring and he was forced to undergo a second round of surgery to deal with it. Aw! We are sorry to hear it, Ed.

    But it gets worse. He had a second cancer scare a few months later. This past fall, surgeons removed another small chunk of his tongue during a follow-up procedure. EVH kept the news to himself, telling Esquire that "I haven't talked about this, because I don't talk about this."

    We respect that decision, Ed! We're just glad you are okay.

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    —Katie Sheehan
    04.19.12



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