Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Has Cancer

Guitarist says he's being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma

June 10, 2013 11:30 AM ET
Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard performs in Wantagh, New York.
Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard performs in Wantagh, New York.
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Def Leppard 's Vivian Campbell says he's being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. The guitarist has been receiving chemotherapy for two months, with four months of treatment remaining, The Associated Press reports.

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"I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit,'" Campbell said in a statement. The guitarist joined Def Leppard in 1992, after stints playing in Dio and Whitesnake. Hodgkin's lymphomia is a cancer of the white blood cells.

Despite the diagnosis, Campbell says he plans to hit the road with Def Leppard this summer for a tour that starts June 21st at the Hellfest Music Festival in France and ends July 17th in Canandaigua, New York. 

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