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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 11:50 AM

by: Amy Sciarretto

Tough news to report, as Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is a cancer that forms in the lymph nodes. The good news is that it’s been caught in the early stages and the guitar deity is currently in discussions with his doctors to determine the best course of treatment to fight the disease.

Iommi is truly the ‘Iron Man’ of heavy metal and his publicity team has said that he is keeping an upbeat attitude regarding his diagnosis. A positive attitude should certainly help Iommi as he works toward a recovery!

The news of Iommi’s health battle comes on the heels of Sabbath’s announcement on Nov. 11 that the original lineup would be reuniting to write and record their first album in more than 30 years, which would be supported by plenty of touring. Up until recently, the band has been working in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.

The rest of the members — Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward — will head back to their native UK to continue working on the effort with Iommi, so he can receive proper treatment. The album is still on track for a fall release.

The statement issued by Sabbath’s PR team also asked fans to send positive vibes to Iommi in this difficult time. Loudwire certainly would like to oblige and send our very best to Iommi and his family.

http://loudwire.com/black-sabbath-tony-iommi-diagnosed-with-lymphoma/

 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 12:00 PM
That would be bad news under any circumstances, but it's insult to injury that this is right when Sabbath was to re-unite. Still, it is good that they caught this early, and I wish him the best.
 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 12:25 PM
Bad News. Best Wishes to Tony and his family and a full recovery.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 12:51 PM
Glad they caught it early, best of luck "riff master" in your fight.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 01:07 PM
Lymphoma is what got my grandmother, but she was 92 at diagnosis, and the docs told her the treatment would kill her before the disease would, so she chose to let nature take it's course.

Best of luck to Tony. The news of his diagnosis sucks, but the prognosis sounds favorable.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 01:11 PM

Best of luck Tony. Fight hard. I know you will.
The tour can wait.


 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 02:21 PM
Wanted to start a topic on this sad news but just saw it already been posted.

Legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system.

Iommi, 63, is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan and remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.

This comes as BLACK SABBATH — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums) — are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the U.K. to continue to work with Tony.

Iommi's BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL bandmate, legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67.

In a June 2010 interview, Iommi stated about his former bandmate, "I was talking to Ronnie [a few days before he died], and he said, 'I've gotta have this new chemo, but I think it's working.' And that was the real big shock of it, because within a week of that, he had passed away. So it was a big shock for all of us, because we built ourselves up to [have him beat the disease] and, of course, we didn't expect to lose."

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, lymphoma is the name for many different types of cancer that arise in the lymphocytes (immune cells). Treatment might involve chemotherapy and in some cases radiotherapy and/or bone marrow transplantation, and can be curable depending on the histology, type, and stage of the disease.

There are three types of lymphocytes: B lymphocytes (B cells), T lymphocytes (T cells) and natural killer (NK) cells. B lymphocytes make antibodies to fight infection; T lymphocytes have many functions, including helping B lymphocytes make the antibodies that fight infection; and natural killer cells attack cancer cells and viruses. Lymphoma may arise in any of these types of lymphocytes. In general, B-cell lymphomas are more common than T-cell lymphomas; however, in the skin, T-cell lymphomas are the most common type.

About 20 percent of the white cells in the blood are lymphocytes. Most lymphocytes are found in the lymphatic system, the major part of the body's immune system. The lymphatic system consists of a network of organs, including the spleen, the lymph nodes (small bean-shaped structures located throughout the body), the lymphatic vessels and areas in the gastrointestinal tract.

Lymphoma is divided into two major categories: Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCLs), cancers of the T lymphocytes, constitute a rare group of NHLs that arise primarily in the skin and have various signs and symptoms, outcomes and treatment considerations.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 05:28 PM
Man what an ultimate bummer. Positive and healing vibes to the Riff Master. Damn man, this just suxs.

 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 08:20 PM
Man,sad to hear....cancer sucks! On the heels of the loss of Ronnie James Dio to the cancer demon,this is a tough break for the Sabbath family.You can do it Tony!

 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 08:34 PM
Best wishes to Tony. I LOVE THIS MAN!!!!

 

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  posted on 1/9/2012 at 08:55 PM
Terrible terrible news.....



[Edited on 1/10/2012 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 1/10/2012 at 01:31 AM
This truly sucks, but it one of the most treatable forms of cancer and if he follows his doctor's advice, he might be OK, after a rough patch or two...

Keeping fingers crossed.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2012 at 08:30 AM
I played all of Vol. 4 yesterday. Here's to a speedy and healthy recovery Tony!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2012 at 10:30 AM
Indeed wishing a speedy recovery what a great band and great player...
 

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  posted on 1/10/2012 at 03:50 PM
I hope he gets through this!! It's good that it's the early stages, so maybe he will beat this.
 

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  posted on 1/10/2012 at 03:57 PM
Wishing you a full and speedy recovery

 

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  posted on 1/11/2012 at 04:04 PM
I Hope Tony gets through this ok and gets on the road with Sabbath.
 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 02:21 PM
From his website:

Message From Tony

13th January 2012

My fans, friends & colleagues -


I just want to say how overwhelmed I am with all your messages of support, thank you so much.

Well it's not what I wanted for Christmas, that's for sure, but now I can't wait for the test results to come in and get going with the treatment.

It's really good that the guys are coming over so that we can continue working on the album as things are going great in the studio.

Well, not much else to say at this time, so thanks again.

Bless you all,

Tony

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 04:36 PM
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From his website:

Message From Tony

13th January 2012

My fans, friends & colleagues -


I just want to say how overwhelmed I am with all your messages of support, thank you so much.

Well it's not what I wanted for Christmas, that's for sure, but now I can't wait for the test results to come in and get going with the treatment.

It's really good that the guys are coming over so that we can continue working on the album as things are going great in the studio.

Well, not much else to say at this time, so thanks again.

Bless you all,

Tony


Thanks Dutch! Get well soon Tony!

 

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Message From Tony

13th January 2012

My fans, friends & colleagues -


I just want to say how overwhelmed I am with all your messages of support, thank you so much.

Well it's not what I wanted for Christmas, that's for sure, but now I can't wait for the test results to come in and get going with the treatment.

It's really good that the guys are coming over so that we can continue working on the album as things are going great in the studio.

Well, not much else to say at this time, so thanks again.

Bless you all,

Tony

What a great outlook! Yeah,thanks!

 

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