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New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert To Undergo Surgery For Spinal Tumor


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Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory/ex-Shai Hulud fame has once again found himself in another battle with cancer. In December of 2021, Gilbert went public with the news that he had undergone surgery for a rare type of tumor on his adrenal gland. Following a year of treatment, he would go on to be declared cancer free in January of this year.

In post shared via his social media earlier today, August 15th Gilbert has revealed that he was recently diagnosed with a tumor within the 12th vertebrae of his spine, as well as some concerning nodules on his lungs. He will be undergoing surgery for the removal of the tumor tomorrow, August 16th with further radiation therapy planned.

The cancerous nodules on his lungs are said to be early enough that they can be managed effectively with ongoing treatment. Gilbert‘s statement reads as follows:

“Dear friends!

Was having really intense bad back pain on tour (which can happen from jumping around carrying a heavy guitar). I flew home early for an MRI. Unfortunately we found a new Pheochromocytoma tumor in the 12th vertebrae of my spine pinching on my nerve bad. I’ll be headed into surgery tomorrow to get almost all of it out then hit what’s left with some fancy radiation.

Scary stuff but it’s all about the little wins. Each day we’ve been having fun in the hospital and feel lucky with so many things and God’s timing with all of this. If I didn’t go on tour and inflame my tumor, I wouldn’t have known early enough it was there! Then my band’s love and support got me home to get scanned. Knowing me, if pain is making me not play a show, it’s bad.

We also discovered I have some very tiny nodules on my lungs but my amazing team feel very confident that it’s manageable and at an early stage compared to where I was last time. My vitals and heart are great this time. Moving forward with today’s amazing technology, I can be on a lifelong treatment that just keeps it all at bay. Like living with an illness but it’s not life-threatening.

I no longer have to guess if it will return and can just relax. So I ask for all the prayers, hopes, fingers crossed, or whatever you do for people you care about in times like these. For my rock solid angel of a wife @lisacimorelli and our beautiful dream of a baby, Lily Gilbert. Hoping to be home recovering Friday or Saturday!

For everyone out there struggling with intense health issues and disease. I’m right there with you. Do your best to make the most of it and try not to waste too much time on fear. Process your emotions but no one’s time is ever certain, with or without good health. We are all the same. Try to love and impact where you’re at and what’s around you and look for the depth of the people around you.

See how incredible it is that all these people have been on their own journeys and are now connected to you for some reason. From doctors to nurses to the person cleaning your hospital room, everyone’s story is impactful. Much love to everyone out there! Can’t wait to be back out. See you soon!”

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