Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson undergoes cancer treatment

PUBLISHED: 13:36 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:36 19 February 2015

Bruce Dickinson, of Saturday headliners Iron Maiden, on the main Apollo Stage at Sonisphere 2014 in Knebworth Park [Picture: PG Brunelli]

Bruce Dickinson, of Saturday headliners Iron Maiden, on the main Apollo Stage at Sonisphere 2014 in Knebworth Park [Picture: PG Brunelli]

Sonisphere

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is recovering from cancer treatment.

Maiden headlined last summer’s Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House, with Dickinson also flying above the Hertfordshire stately home in a replica World War One aeroplane.

A statement released by the British heavy metal legends today (Thursday) on their website, Facebook page and via Twitter read: “Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up.

“This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue.

“A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday.

“As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good.”

The statement added: “Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May.

“It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness.

“In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May.

“Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.”

As well as headlining the Saturday night at Sonisphere last year, Iron Maiden also played the metal festival in 2010.

* To see Iron Maiden’s statement in full, visit the band’s website here.

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