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    Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:14:53

    Vivian Campbell Has Cancer - He has Hodgkin's lymphoma

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    Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that he has cancer. The rocker went for tests earlier this year after developing a cough that would not go away. Doctors have diagnosed him with Hodgkin's lymphoma and he will do a six-month course of chemotherapy.

    In a statement, Campbell, 50, maintained his sense of humor and said, "I'm about two months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80 percent cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!"

    The guitarist plans to join his bandmates on tour, saying, "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."

    We are pulling for and praying for you, Viv! We love your upbeat and posi attitude.

    What is your top Def Leppard track?

    —Marlowe Mancini
    06.11.13



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