Iron Maiden has issued an update on singer Bruce Dickinson's health status as he recovers from recent cancer treatments. The band announced Dickinson's cancer diagnosis on February 19, saying a small cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue was discovered during a routine visit to the doctor just prior to Christmas; a seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed and the prognosis is for a full recovery by late May. "Over the last few days, Bruce has been to see his specialists and following examinations, including visual, we're delighted to update everyone that the situation remains extremely optimistic for a full recovery," says the group. "We will still not have final confirmation that the cancer has been completely eradicated until Bruce can have an MRI scan in May, as previously advised in manager Rod Smallwood's recent message to fans, and the period to full recovery will continue for a few months yet.
"Typically, Bruce's immediate reaction to the specialists' good news was to be as active as feasibly possible, taking in a couple of visits to the Maiden office, one to the Hybrid Air Vehicle hangar to see latest progress, and a brief trip to his local pub, much to the surprise and delight of all his friends there!"