Here’s some news to applaud — or at least throw some horns to.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, has announced that his cancer is in remission, the Birmingham Mail reports.
“I am in remission and, hopefully, this situation will continue,” Iommi said, adding that he realizes that the illness could return at some point.
“The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick — but I’m aware that it could come back one day,” the 68-year-old musician said.
Iommi (pictured above center), who’s currently engaged in Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, noted that he undergoes a blood test every six weeks, and has regular checkups — a regimen the guitarist acknowledged he will forever have to maintain.
“That’s something that I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life, looking for any warning signs that it might be rearing its ugly head again,” Iommi said.
Black Sabbath announced Iommi’s diagnosis in January 2012 via Facebook, saying that the guitarist was “working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan” and “determined to make a full and successful recovery.”
Iommi’s band is playing throughout the U.S. in August and September, as part of the group’s The End Tour.