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Ex-VENOM Drummer ABADDON Diagnosed With Lymphoma

He's currently undergoing chemotherapy.


Legendary drummer Abaddon has unfortunately been diagnosed with lymphoma. In a Facebook post, Abaddon said the cancer has spread to his bowel and lower intestinal tract, and that he has already begun cycles of chemotherapy. Abaddon ends his post by saying "None of this will break me. Fuck cancer," to which we say "hell yeah. You got this." We wish Abaddon all the best in his coming treatments and look forward to hearing more music from him in the future.

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"I noticed a mass growing on the side of my neck in July 2022, I thought it was maybe an insect bite as I live near the sea and it was a hot month here. The mass grew bigger and, urged by my wife Rachel, I went to see my GP who reassured me that it was most likely not cancer because cancerous lumps don't come up over night usually, rather they take a longer time to grow. However she referred me to the freeman hospital in Newcastle to a specialist who reiterated her thoughts on the speed of my growth.

"He did some tests then sent me straight away for a biopsy, I had three samples taken and then went back to see my specialist who said that sadly it was lymphoma a cancer of the blood. He sent me immediately for a CT scan and an MRI scan which showed that I also had cancer in my bowel and lower intestinal tract. He decided therefore to not operate on my neck but to refer me to haematology at wandsbeck hospital in Ashington. They decided on 6 cycles of chemotherapy which I started yesterday. I will also be referred back to freeman hospital for radiotherapy after a few bouts of chemotherapy.

"None of this will break me. Fuck cancer."

Abaddon drummed for Venom between 1979 and 1992, and then again between 1995 and 1999. Abaddon joined Venom offshoot Venom Inc. in 2015 and played with the group until 2018. He currently fronts his own band Abaddon.

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