With an attitude true to his heavy metal roots Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell recently said he’s doing amazingly well in his battle against Hodgkin’s lymphoma — which he was diagnosed with in 2013 — and he plans to continue rocking regardless of his diagnosis. The Irish guitarist also mentioned that he’d like to give cancer a big F-you and keep on doing what he does best.
In a new interview with City of Hope, Campbell — who has been playing with Def Leppard since 1992 — said that he feels very fortunate that he was able to find a drug that worked so well on his cancer, and he has no plans to slow down when it comes to his career. Campbell is taking a relatively new drug called Keytruda — a type of immunotherapy that has shown incredible results when it comes to treating several cancers. Keytruda works by helping the immune system to attack and destroy cancer. The drug has brought hope to cancer survivors all over the world — but unfortunately, it doesn’t work for everyone.Read More
“Being able to continue my life and continue my work I think has been a big part of being able to come through all of this. My work is what keeps me alive. My bandmates initially wanted me to stay home and convalesce,” Campbell said. “I’m stubborn and I’m Irish and I never wanted to do that. I’ve always refused to capitulate to the cancer. I just wanted to give cancer the big middle finger and go on.”