The Lucid’s Drew Fortier Undergoes Surgery For Testicular Cancer

The Lucid’s Drew Fortier recently underwent surgery after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. The guitarist said the following about that:

“I’m alive! The facts: I had cancer in my right testicle and had said testicle removed today. Waiting to hear back from pathology on if it spread but so far so good! The tumor got the size of a tennis ball. It was crazy. Funnily, I woke up from the anesthesia talking about Bang Tango 😆. Also we have a new E.P. from The Lucid coming out very very soon called Saddle Up and Ride. Also moral of the story: check your balls fellas!! Also thank you to everyone who reached out and sent me well wishes!! All of you are incredibly wonderful!!! ❤️😊.”

Sum 41’s Dave “Brownsound” Baksh Says He Is Cancer Free Following Recent Surgery

Sum 41’s Dave “Brownsound” Baksh has revealed that he recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Fortunately, the guitarist says he is now cancer free.

Baksh said the following:

“This one is a #thankyou letter to all of you. There was a time when I wasn’t sure if I could take part in our @sum41 @simpleplan @setitoff leg of #blamecanada Tour. Around March I found a lump and had it checked out, within two weeks I went through surgery in order to get rid of a tumour that ended up being #cancer Dont be concerned, my brush with this serious disease was very short lived thanks to the help of great doctors, a friend that helped me get a bone scan within weeks of my surgery, my family (extended included), the amazing people in #LDK (up the Kzinti!) and last but not least the emotional, physical and celery juice support that @krennykren and my wonderfully amazing gifted, did I mention wonderful kids gave me. Something incredible that this disease taught me is how many amazing and supportive people I have in my life. I’m beyond thankful for you and I’m forever in your debt. So as of now I’m cancer free and ready to enjoy tour life again with a fresh perspective on everything. If you have the time please pledge your support or join @krennykren and I at this year’s @relayforlife on Saturday #June11 We are attending in support of my mother who is beating cancer at this very moment and anyone else who’s life cancer has touched. The @cancersociety link for donations is [HERE].”

Y&T’s Dave Meniketti Opens Up About His Battle With Prostate Cancer

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Y&T’s Dave Meniketti opened up about his battle with prostate cancer. The frontman is currently receiving treatment for the disease and will soon be undergoing five weeks of external radiation.

Meniketti said the following when asked how his cancer was discovered:

“Back in 2018, I hurt my back and was completely out; I mean, I could not play. We had to cancel an entire European tour in the fall, which we do religiously every year. And I’m laying on my back and I’m in amazing pain and it was the first time anything like that had ever happened. But one of the things that I was thinking about while I was laying there is, ‘Wow, I haven’t had a PSA test,’ which is the blood test that you have to screen yourself for possibly having prostate cancer. And I’m really good about getting my yearly exams and everything else, and I realized that I’d skipped a year or two; I think it was the longest I’d ever gone without getting my yearly physical or something. So I thought, ‘Okay, well, I’d better get back on [track] here.’ And I went and I had my PSA test and it came back high. It was over the average… It’s like zero to four, anything in that range you’re okay, and I was over that by a little bit; I was like 5.3 or something. So I went in to see my urologist, and he said, ‘All right, we’re gonna have to take a biopsy. And we’ll just do a simple one in the office and we’ll basically send that biopsy off and see what’s happening.’ Well, it came back negative. But then he said… A couple of weeks later, I was all, ‘Okay. Great.’ And then a couple of weeks later, he goes, ‘Well, I sent that same biopsy to this other lab that does this type of thing…’ And I can’t remember what it is, but basically they look at the biopsy and they figure out whether or not maybe he just missed the area where it really was. I mean, the prostate’s not very big, but if you’re taking 12 little samples of it, snippets of it, you could very well miss the actual area where if there was cancer, if it was there or not. And so that came back as a 47 percent chance or more that I did still have cancer but they just missed it. So he said, ‘So here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re just gonna watch. We’re gonna have you take a PSA test every six months, and we’re gonna watch it.’ And it went down a little bit the next time, and then it went up, but it wasn’t much more different than where it was the first time it was up. And so we just watched it and watched it. And I kept asking, I go, ‘Well, I’m still over.’ He goes, ‘Well, there’s a lot of people that can be over that number four and still be okay. It’s just a strange thing; some people just live with a higher number. But we’re just gonna watch it.’ And he goes, ‘If it spikes up a couple of numbers or something like that, then we’re gonna do the next step.’ Well, just after December of last year — at the end of the holiday — I went in about December 30th or so and had my PSA and it was 6.25. And I said, ‘Okay, this is getting scary.’ And I went back to him and he said, ‘All right. We’re gonna do the next step,’ which is take an MRI, a prostate MRI, which literally takes thousands of slices of pictures of your prostate, so they can really tell whether there’s something in there. And sure enough, there was. So he said, ‘Okay, you have prostate cancer. So now we’re gonna take you into the hospital and do another biopsy which is gonna be guided much more clearly, ’cause we know now where this thing is.’ And so they took the biopsy, and he said, ‘You’re lucky.’ He goes, ‘We’ve gotten it pretty early here, and your scores are really good.'”

He went on to say that he was presented with several treatment options:

“One of them is to just take out the prostate completely, and the other one is to treat it with radiation. And I opted for the second because there are potentially more problems with taking it out at my age. When you’re younger, it’s not nearly as big of a deal, but there’s more problems potentially, like I say. And the outcome for both is exactly the same. So it’s, like, ‘I’m gonna deal with this.’ So [my wife] Jill and I researched it in detail online, we talked to, of course, my urologist and then met the oncologist that would get involved with this decision. And they all said exactly the same thing, that we had been researching and hearing from other cancer survivors and such, that if you do this particular two-stage process, you’ve got as good of an outcome as taking out the prostate completely. So I indeed opted for that. And it’s basically they insert these radioactive seeds called brachytherapy, and they put it straight into the prostate and they put about 30 or 40 of them in there and they do about 70 percent of the work at killing the cancer. And they just stay there forever, but they have about a six-month amount of putting out full radiation and then after that they pretty much die off. I had it about three weeks ago, almost, and I was kind of concerned, ’cause I had shows to play, and the first one was the Fillmore one week after I had that surgery. And I was, like, ‘Can I do this?’ And I was asking both doctors, and they said, ‘Yeah, you’re probably gonna be just fine. You might have a little bit of pain,’ and so on and so forth. But I made it through. And then the next week was last weekend, and both shows went off great. And I had not that much pain overall, so it was not too bad.”

He also added:

“Five weeks after they insert those seeds, I go for external radiation, and that’s five straight weeks of that five days a week. And it’s very targeted. They, I guess, give you these little tattoos — which will be my first tattoos, by the way. [Laughs]”

“I’m 68 years old — I don’t mind telling you that, because I’m proud of the fact that I’ve still got it as far as my voice is still there, I can still play guitar, the band sounds great, so I’m not worried about it. And [the radiation] starts about three weeks from now — somewhere around there; maybe two and a half; I haven’t gotten the date yet from the oncologist when that’s gonna start. But Jill, who is my manager and my wife, had set it up so that I wasn’t gonna play any shows for at least a month after the end of that five-week treatment. Because even though I don’t lose my hair or I don’t get sick or anything like that, you will potentially lose some energy midway through the treatment because you’re getting doused with radiation. So it’s bound to happen. But it’s not chemotherapy, so there’s nothing like that type of thing.”

“This is one of those cancers, if you catch ’em early, you can be one hundred percent fixed — it’s over; it’s done; you’re sorted. I mean, sure, it could come back at some point, but even if it does, they can treat it again. You usually outlive this cancer, if you get it early enough. So, luckily, I have gotten it early enough. And the urologist and the oncologist both feel that at the end of this five-week radiation therapy I should be done. And then I will continue to get PSA tests more frequently to really double check to make sure that the numbers go way down.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Y&T’s Dave Meniketti Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

Y&T’s Dave Meniketti has been diagnosed prostate cancer. Fortunately, the frontman says the disease was caught early and “the likelihood of surviving this is very high.”

Meniketti issued the following statement:

“First of all, I wanted to thank everyone who have sent nice thoughts my way after hearing I had to move shows for a hospital procedure. I very much appreciate that.

Now, I’ll get right to it. After numerous blood tests, an extensive MRI, and last Friday’s biopsy, I have been diagnosed with Prostate cancer. My doctor says we caught it early and the likelihood of surviving this is very high. Over 90% of patients with this type of cancer (thankfully mine is relatively slow growing) are cured and live out their life expectancy. Having spent a lifetime of staying on top of my health, and having caught this early, may be the reason why I should fully survive this. I urge everyone to listen to your bodies & get regular checkups. I know plenty of people that didn’t do that, and it has been the difference between an extended life and death. 😢

Concerning how this affects upcoming shows, the Santa Cruz and Tracy Theatre shows will be unaffected by this and will go on as planned. But because of my lengthy treatment schedule, coming after those shows, we must cancel the Phoenix, Las Vegas, Hollywood, and San Juan Capistrano shows. Check the Y&T tour dates page for updates. We’re expecting all other shows to remain intact.

Though I’m generally not a person that believes entertainers need to share their medical issues in public, I felt it was just too hard to keep everyone in doubt…especially since many of you have been with us for Y&T’s almost 50-year career and are like extended family.

Regardless of this news, I am doing fine, feeling well, and look forward to getting this behind me 😏 and continuing to bring the music to you for many years to come.

Cheers,
-Dave Meniketti”

Morbid Angel, Valkyrja, Etc. Drop Off 2022 Maryland Deathfest, Deicide, Immolation, Etc. Added

Morbid Angel, Valkyrja, Archgoat, Blaze Of Perdition, and Antichrist have dropped off the 2022 Maryland Deathfest. Despite this, there is some good news as Deicide (performing “Legion” in full), Immolation, Profanatica, Akhyls, and Sulfuric Cautery have all been added to the festival. As previously reported, the event will take place in Baltimore, MD on May 26-29.

Here’s the updated daily lineups:

May 26 (Rams Head Live):

Asthma Castle
Acid Witch
Cough
Frizzi 2 Fulci (Fabio Frizzi in Concert. A Tribute to Lucio Fulci)
Primitive Man
Warmask
Yautja

May 26 (Soundstage):

Funerus
Limbsplitter
Mortiferum
Putrid Pile
Scattered Remnants
Skeletal Remains

May 26 (Power Plant):

Mortician

May 27 (Edison Lot):

Atheist
Bloodbath
Carcass
Graveyard
Massacre
Monstrosity
Obituary
Suffocation
Scorched

May 27 (Rams Head Live):

Akhlys
Panzerfaust
The Ruins Of Beverast
Spite

May 27 (Soundstage):

ACxDC
At War
Blood Feast
Cloud Rat
Fistula
Fuck the Facts
Miasmatic Necrosis
No/Mas
Sulfuric Cautery

May 27 (Power Plant):

Vio-lence

May 28 (Edison Lot):

Cancer
Cardiac Arrest
Cavalera (Max and Iggor Cavalera performing songs from “Beneath The Remains” & “Arise“)
Cerebral Rot
Coroner
Dismember
Enforced
Imprecation
Novembers Doom
Onslaught
Triptykon
Vircolac

May 28 (Rams Head Live):

Impure
Avslut
Necrophobic
Nifelheim

May 28 (Soundstage):

Backslider
Cadaveric Incubator
Flesh Parade
Haemorrhage
Holy Cost
Impaled
Malignant Altar
Napalm Raid
Skitsystem
Throaat

May 28 (Power Plant):

Deeds of Flesh
Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench

May 29 (Edison Lot):

Blood Incantation
Deicide (Performing “Legion” in its entirety)
Demilich
Destruction
Divine Eve
Hypocrisy
Immolation
Necrofier
Nocturnus AD
Nunslaughter
Sacrilegia
Triumph Of Death

May 29 (Rams Head Live):

Devil Master
Dark Fortress
Profanatica
Sacramentum (Performing “Far Away From The Sun” in its entirety)

May 29 (Soundstage):

Antichrist Siege Machine
Birdflesh
Butcher ABC
General Surgery
Gravesend
Shock Narcotic
Warfuck
Whoresnation
Zombie Assault

May 29 (Power Plant):

Exhorder

GoFundMe Launched For Ex-W.A.S.P. Guitarist Chris Holmes Following Recent Cancer Diagnosis

As previously reported, ex-W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes was recently diagnosed with throat and neck cancer. Now, an official GoFundMe campaign has been launched to assist him with medical bills. You can donate to that HERE.

Holmes’ drummer Steve Jackson commented:

“Hi Everyone,

This is a tough message to write.

You probably won’t know me but for the past 4 years I have been playing drums for Chris Holmes or you may know him as the ‘Mean Man’.

In the time I’ve spent getting to know Chris, I can assure you this is so far from the truth, as many of you who have met Chris will agree. He has a lot of time for his fans and I wanted to do something to help out after his recent Cancer diagnosis. The medical bills are coming in quickly, as they are working to get Chris the Cancer treatment he needs, as soon as possible.

As he is unable to tour during this time and he is going to have 7 weeks of extensive treatment, he is gonna need a little extra support to help to get himself back to full health and to kick cancers ass!! This is where hopefully you can help out! If you feel you can afford to donate something, I’d be very grateful and I know both Chris and Cathy would be too.

Anything you can give would be a massive help, while he is undergoing his treatment. Please feel free to share this to anyone, you know is a fan or friend of Chris, or of the music he has been a part of during his 40+ year career.

I thank you for all of your kind words that you have sent Chris so far. I know he has seen many of the messages and the extra positivity will help him and Cathy during this tough time. We will keep you updated as treatment progresses.

Steve”

Former W.A.S.P. Guitarist Chris Holmes Diagnosed With Throat And Neck Cancer

Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes has revealed that he has been diagnosed with throat and neck cancer. As a result, he will no longer be performing on the 2022 Monsters Of Rock cruise.

The following statement was issued:

“This post is not easy to write because of the personal nature of it and we would rather you hear it directly from us before stories and rumours start to circulate and by respect for all of you who love and support Chris , we feel that this is exactly what we need at this time. Recently Chris was diagnosed with a cancer in throat and neck but the medical team have assured us there has been no metastasis and this is a good news . He will have to start as soon as possible a treatment of 7 weeks

I know how important the Monsters of Rock Cruise is for Chris and the band but the health of Chris is what we have to focus on right now for the next 7 weeks and we will reschedule the MORC for a future date. Thank You very much Larry Morand for your kindness & understanding in this matter, you are much appreciated and the world need more people as you . Thank you also to all the team who make a wonderful work following every band in each step

The bandcamp will still continue to run during this time but if there might be some delays please forgive me .
The best way to keep Chris positive is to continue to focus on the upcoming Canadian tour, shows we have in September and the UK tour in October. Don’t forget Chris is strong and he is a fighter and he will come back stronger than before.

Many of you in your own way shows us everyday how much you care,we are lucky to have you as friends, your strength keeps our spirits high to continue to fight another day.

Please we just ask for some privacy while we deal with this at this moment and Chris will come back to you stronger and ready to burn the stage with Stephen, Ollie,Lex and Florian

Keep rocking

Chris and Catherine Sarah Holmes

Chris Holmes & The Mean Men
Chris Holmes Official
Monsters of Rock Cruise”

Holmes’ former W.A.S.P. bandmate Blackie Lawless also wished him well:

“The entire W.A.S.P. family are all optimistic of a positive outcome concerning the diagnosis for Chris. I certainly wish him the very best. – Blackie Lawless”

New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert Is Now Cancer Free

New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert has revealed that he is now cancer free. This news comes after the guitarist previously underwent several surgeries including one to remove a tumor from his adrenal gland.

Gilbert said the following:

“Half a liver, a gallbladder, & one adrenal gland later, I am officially cancer free. All my tests and scans came back clear! I know there’s the chance of it coming back later but I feel so good knowing what was in me is gone and if it ever does come back, we will see it from it’s beginning. Let’s not even worry about that though.

I’m so lucky to still be here and so blessed that I had a super team that fixed me. My endocrinologist, surgeon, & oncologist teaming up and taking down my Pheochromocytoma more swiftly & efficiently than the Avengers could defeat Thanos in Infinity War.

Love them and am forever grateful. And once again the biggest I love you and thank you to my wife for being tough, brave, and for saving me. Getting me through all of this and staying by my side while at the same time taking care of our baby girl Lily at home.

All my ICU nurse family who I lived with for 2 weeks, who had to check me every hour to keep me safe. Thank you thank you!!! All you fans out there writing me the nicest messages when you all found out what happened. You already do enough as fans but that was awesome and kept me feeling loved. I am forever changed by this experience. 2022 is gonna be awesome!!! Will be rocking in your faces soon enough. God bless!”

New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert Undergoes Surgery To Remove Tumor From His Adrenal Gland

New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert has revealed that he is currently battling cancer. The guitarist recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his adrenal gland.

Gilbert said the following:

“For the last 14 days I’ve been living in the hospital having cancer removed. Here’s the timeline of my unexpected journey:

On December 5th, my wife found me unresponsive in bed. I’d been waking up drenched in sweat the last few days and we thought I was sick. Not being able to wake me, she called 911 and performed CPR and mouth to mouth. Apparently I was doing something called “agonal breathing” and was minutes from death. I woke up with 7 paramedics surrounding my bed. I was so confused. My blood sugar somehow dropped to 20 and if my wife hadn’t found me, I would’ve fallen into a coma or died. The paramedics took me to the ER in an ambulance. They couldn’t figure out why my blood sugar kept dropping or why my blood pressure kept skyrocketing, even with blood pressure medication in my system. I was hooked up to two different drips I couldn’t be separated from.

The next day, an amazing endocrinologist visited me and asked a bunch of questions about my health. It honestly felt like she was an angel from heaven. She told me based on all my symptoms that I have a very rare tumor called a Pheochromocytoma! It’s a tumor that grows on your adrenal gland and messes up all of your hormones. It was eating all my glucose, changing my hormones, and raising my blood pressure. I couldn’t survive without IVs until this tumor was removed.

12/6 I received a CT scan which showed some alarming news. My tumor was malignant and had grown from my adrenal gland onto my liver. It was huge. Which made my Pheochromocytoma even more rare since they usually are benign.

12/8, three days since my amazing wife saved me from dying in bed. I was transported to a major hospital and moved into the ICU. I got an MRI which showed that the tumor was in fact one growth and had not spread to other parts of my body. Now that my miracle doctor, cancer doctor, and incredible surgeon had all the info they needed, they scheduled my surgery for Monday, 12/13.

Now it’s 4 days until surgery. This is when so much personal growth occurred. Looking back on the timing of all of this, the incredible people put in my life to save me, the hospital staff whom I have the highest respect for, the way they took care of me while caring for an entire intensive care unit… I just can’t believe the strength these nurses have.

My wife Lisa and my mom were the driving forces of my positivity. The only cure for a pheochromocytoma is surgery, one of my worst fears. But if surgery went well, all the glucose consumption, high blood pressure, and any other hormonal changes would immediately go away.

When I got to pre-op, the surgeon drew the size of the tumor on a dry erase board to clarify how intense, large and dangerous my surgery was gonna be. But still reassured us he’s done many way more difficult. So grateful for him! The surgery was predicted to be 4 and a half hours but he finished it in two.

The tumor wasn’t attached to anything tricky so they basically cut it out and peeled it off. But man this scar is insanely big. I couldn’t grasp how large the tumor was until now. I was sedated and drugged up and don’t remember anything from surgery day.

My surgeon came in the next morning and let us know he got it all out!! Now we just needed the pathology report to make sure no cancer got in the lymphnodes. The joy and excitement from all the nurses and and doctors involved was super emotional. I didn’t have a lot of family and friends around since it all happened so fast. But the hospital staff became that extra support and family, giving me cards and little gifts.

The night of the 15th I was moved from the ICU to the Cancer Center. There I recovered from surgery! I’ll know about future treatments in a few weeks but for now I’m able to come home!

It’s Sunday, December 19th. Yesterday was the first time I got to smell fresh air since December 5th. I’m home with my wife and baby and so thankful to be alive!”

Fuming Mouth Frontman Mark Whelan Battling Cancer

Fuming Mouth frontman Mark Whelan has revealed that he is currently battling acute myeloid leukemia. You can help him out with medical bills by donating HERE.

Whelan commented:

“Hi everyone, I was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago. I have acute myeloid leukemia (AML). A type of cancer that is treatable. We’ve already begun the treatment and are working to beat this every day. It will surely be a hard road but I’m ready to face it. Please feel free to reach out, write, or DM any of the fuming mouth pages while I’m going through this. Any kind of love and support is welcome.

We’ve also created a GoFundMe to help with expenses. Please feel free to check out the link below to read more and support. Thank you. We’ll keep you updated with how things are going.

– Mark“

The following statement was also shared on GoFundMe:

“I am writing on behalf of Mark Whelan, as his partner.

On November 19 2021, Mark was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). This diagnosis came as a shock after a week long stay at Milford Regional Medical Center.

Mark has since been transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, near Fenway in Boston, where he began induction chemotherapy treatment on November 26 2021.

This is just the beginning of Mark’s fight against AML. He will require extensive treatment in the upcoming months while he is hospitalized.

Mark is currently on state healthcare and much of what he will endure for treatment will not be covered by insurance. We are asking for donations to help lessen the massive financial blow of this incredibly devastating news. Anything counts and is deeply appreciated. It is highly unlikely that the goal amount will cover all of his medical bills, so any donation is welcome.

Mark’s treatment will include a bone marrow transplant. This is a procedure that depends on the availability of donors. If you’re able, please consider joining the bone marrow donor registry. It’s free and can help save someone’s life. Find more information here: https://bethematch.org