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Tom Hunting (drummer of west coast thrash metal legends Exodus) has revealed that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, and that he has started treatment beginning today. Tom urges fans to be diligent on their health especially with stomach and esophageal issues.
Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It’s a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February. I’m making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out. I’m not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I’ve learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it’s a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it’s empowering, and you’re 1 step closer to killing it!
Ok, you’ve heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I’m gonna beat this like a f–king snare drum that owes me money!!! I’ve had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I’m ready for the fight!
We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I’m stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!
Regarding the news, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt released the following statement:
Tom starts his first round of chemo today, so I know he will feel the positive vibes being sent his way. Exodus will delay the release of the new record so that when Tom has defeated this, he will be back to full strength to hit the road and pummel his drums like only he can! When he has kicked cancers ass like we know he will, we will resume kicking YOUR asses with the sickest record yet!
all love and positivity to my brother ❤️❤️❤️
Here’s hoping for the best. Get better soon, Tom.