IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson has spoken to Metal Hammer about his battle with cancer.
A statement released in February indicated that Dickinson had a single growth on his tongue, but he later revealed he also had two tumors removed from his neck.
He was given the all-clear in May.
Dickinson tells Metal Hammer: “You end up with the metabolism of a hummingbird during this treatment because you’re being cooked from the inside out. But your body’s also trying to heal itself rapidly, and it goes into overdrive. I think that’s one reason why you lose weight. It’s simply because your system is banging away and then eventually it all dropped back down to normal.”
He adds: “It’s fascinating. Basically, I am my own science project.”
On the topic of what he has gone through in the past seven months, Dickinson told BBC in July: “Well, I’ve just been through what, actually, a load of people go through every day. I mean, ’cause it’s thousands of people in the U.K. and around the world who have treatment for this kind of thing. So, in that respect, the only thing that’s special about it is that I’m a quite well-known person, so… But I’ve been fortunate. I had a really good bounceback. And everybody says, ‘Hey, it’s gone.’ So I’m just getting better now, really — healing up.”
Asked how big the tumor was, Dickinson said: “I had two, actually. One was three and a half centimeters — the size of a golf ball. And the other one was two and a half centimeters, and getting a bit bigger. And that was the only symptom — I had a lump in my neck, and that was the second one. So I went to the doc, and they went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit weird.’ [They] took a scan of it, had a look, had a poke around, and went, ‘You have head and neck cancer.’ So I went, ‘That’s a bit of a blow’ But you get on with it. You crack on and you get on with it. So… that was it.”