Guitarist for Def Leppard, and former guitarist for Ronnie James Dio and Whitesnake, Vivian Campbell was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, plans on receiving a stem-cell transplant after a summer tour with Kiss.
In an interview with the Daily Herald Campbell stated he has been battling the disease since last year with a “high-tech” chemo treatment.
“At least I have health insurance,” he joked with the Herald. He also stated his best form of therapy has been playing on stage every night.
According to Cancercenter.com Campbell’s high-dose chemotherapy is the first step. Stem-cells are taken from the patient’s body blood, harvested, frozen and then stored until the chemotherapy is finished. The stem-cells are then given back to the patient intravenously, to travel to the bone marrow and produce healthy new blood cells.
Def Leppard will be out on /thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2014/03/kiss-def-leppard-announce-summer-tour> tour with Kiss all summer long. The 42-date outing began on Monday June 23 in Utah, and will make its way through the West coast, mid-west, then East coast, and will conclude in Texas on August 31.
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