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IRON MAIDEN Manager Offers Optimistic Update on Bruce Dickinson's Cancer Treatments

"[Bruce] had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort."

"[Bruce] had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort."

The metal world was stunned when Iron Maiden revealed that frontman Bruce Dickinson was undergoing treatment for tongue cancer. It seems as though the cancer has been removed and Dickinson is just in the recovery phase right now.

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Iron Maiden's manager, Rod Smallwood, has offered a new update on the band's Facebook page about where Bruce is at currently:

Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of Maiden fans.

Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on our website at the appropriate time, probably in late May.

After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. Naturally the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress.

Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated.

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Rod Smallwood

It's great to hear the band sound so optimistic about Bruce's recovery. Last year, Iron Maiden teased a new album and tour was on the way, however Bruce's cancer scare has obviously delayed those plans. In a recent interview with drummer Nicko McBrain, he revealed the band's new album is done and ready to go, they're just waiting on Bruce to be ready.

The whole world is pulling for ya, Bruce! We'll keep you posted with any more updates.

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