Tony Iommi Issues Update on Cancer Treatment

April 17th, 2013

In a new interview with the Birmingham Mail in England, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi provided an update on his cancer treatment.

The guitarist has been receiving treatment at the Parkway Hospital in Solihull. He will have to return home from tour on a regular basis in order to receive treatment.

“I have to have an antibody administered by drip every six weeks or so to keep the lymphoma in check,” Iommi said. “It sort of coats the cancer cells, stops it from going anywhere else. I have to come back home no matter where I might be in the world. The tour dates are arranged so that I can always get back for treatment. It’s the only way I can manage my illness and keep on the road. I’d love to play more shows than we’re doing but my health has to be sorted out first.

“The infusions I have are part of the chemotherapy regime. It’s relatively new treatment and they don’t know what all the side-effects might be yet, but I wanted to try it. After each session I feel sick and tired, and that lasts for a week or so. I’m finding that it takes around 10 days to fully recover from each round of treatment, but if that’s what it takes, I have to accept it.

“In myself I’m feeling OK now. When I first found that I had the illness, it was a dark time and I was a bit spaced out. Since we’ve been in rehearsals and recording sessions, I’ve felt pretty good — great even. I think that the album and tour have given me something immediate to get my teeth into, something to accomplish.”

To check out the entire interview, head here.

Black Sabbath recently announced four new tour dates, the track listing of their long-awaited album, 13, and the album’s first single, the eight-minute-long “God Is Dead?” The new album will be released June 11.

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  1. Posted by Bruce on April 17th, 2013, 17:20 [Reply]

    Tony you are in my prayers may the Good Lord lay his healing hands on you god bless stay strong

  2. Posted by jana p on April 18th, 2013, 01:42 [Reply]

    may you stay strong and heal may you always be part of the stage and music you still are awesome guitarist and rock us with your soul and spirit be strong and walk tall always

  3. Posted by Bob on April 18th, 2013, 11:55 [Reply]

    I hope the music and audiences give you even more positive energy to boost your treatment results and even move you further along in recovery. All the best. You’re in my and all your fans’ thoughts.

  4. Posted by Blackie James on April 18th, 2013, 11:55 [Reply]

    God is dead should not be the mantra of someone with cancer. Tony, rethink your faith and best to you during this bitter sweet time.

    • Posted by Bob E on September 26th, 2013, 23:05 [Reply]

      I understand your concern, yet the song concludes, “The blood pours down the rain turns red, I don’t believe that God is Dead.” It’s a great song, someone finding faith despite questions and adversity. Written by Terry Butler, btw. God love ya Tony, you’re in all of our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Posted by martine ccochrane on April 18th, 2013, 12:45 [Reply]

    Thinking of you Tony. I pray that your treatment is successful and you make a full recovery. You are a Legend! ♥ ✌ ♫

  6. Posted by Hoppy on April 18th, 2013, 23:26 [Reply]

    The chemo is awful I know tony! but you must be positive and strong. Eat healthy and get plenty of rest if you can. God bless and our hopes of a speedy recovery.
    Hope to see you in florida sometime.


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