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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Reveals He Underwent 51 Radiation & 9 Chemo Treatments To Beat Cancer


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Megadeth vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine addressed his health during a live performance at The SSE Arena in London, England this past Friday night (January 31st.) Mustaine went public with his cancer diagnosis this past June and underwent treatment for it throughout the year. He was diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma on base of his tongue and was eventually declared cancer free this past October.

Speaking to the audience, he stated:

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“About a year ago, we were working on our new album back in Franklin, Tennessee, and I started to feel some pain over here [points to his throat]. So I went to the doctor and he said, ‘Dave, you have cancer.’ And I went, ‘Fuck! I have cancer.’ And I was so shocked.

At first, I thought, ‘Am I afraid?’ And then I said, ‘No. I’m fucking pissed.’ And we stopped the record; we stopped everything. I went into treatment for cancer. It was 51 radiation treatments and nine chemo treatments. And when it was all said and done, every day I would think, ‘I can’t face not playing again. I can’t face not playing again.’

So I would pray. I know a lot of you guys know that I pray. I say that in ‘Peace Sells‘. I pray every day. I say that in the song. I’ve said it since the second record. But I thought about you guys every day too. And I thought about my family. And I got this power from you guys. And I just kept thinking about it. And on October 16th, I went to go see the doctor, and he said, ‘You’re 100 percent free of cancer.'”

Mustaine is currently out on his first tour with Megadeth since his cancer battle, playing shows across Europe and the UK with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves:

02/03 Berlin, GER – Max-Schmeling Halle (Tickets)
02/04 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle (Tickets)
02/06 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle (Tickets)
02/08 Oberhausen, GER – Koenig-Pilsener Arena (Tickets)
02/09 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle (Tickets)
02/10 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle (Tickets)
02/12 Warsaw, POL – Torwar
02/14 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena (Tickets)
02/16 Milan, ITA – Alcatrazz (Tickets)
02/17 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion (Tickets)
02/19 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle (Tickets)
02/20 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Sportarena (Tickets)

[via Blabbermouth]

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