POISON drummer Rikki Rockett says that he’s nonetheless most cancers free, almost seven years after he was recognized with oral most cancers.
Rockett provided an replace on his well being standing through his social media on Thursday (Could 19). He shared a photograph of him in entrance of Moores Most cancers Middle at UC San Diego Well being, and he included the next message: “I like being adverse! Time to do a tour!!! #nocancer #moorescancercenter”.
In June 2015, Rikki visited his main care physician with a sore throat. His physician discovered a small tumor on the base of his tongue, and Rikki discovered he had human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oral most cancers. He endured 9 rounds of chemotherapy and 37 classes of radiation remedy. The tumor initially responded, however returned three months later, spreading to his lymph nodes. Rikki then noticed Dr. Ezra Cohen at UCSD Moores Most cancers Middle, who helped him enroll in a scientific trial of pembrolizumab (Keytruda). Rikki‘s tumor responded instantly. Simply over two months into the trial, a scan revealed that his tumor had shrunk over 90 precent.
In 2020, Rockett informed “Trunk Nation” that he was stricken with the identical kind of most cancers as what IRON MAIDEN‘s Bruce Dickinson and MEGADETH‘s Dave Mustaine had.
“It was base of tongue with an related lymph node, which is fairly frequent so far as head and neck cancers as of late,” he mentioned. “HPV-related head and neck cancers normally are base of tongue. There’s just a few people who I’ve type of mentored or helped out, and plenty of of ’em are musicians. And HPV is fairly rampant — it truly is. If in case you have a child, get ’em inoculated.”
Requested what his signs have been, Rikki mentioned: “I had a sore throat that would not go away. That was the principle factor. After which I had a lymph node that was type of protruding. First, they tried antibiotics, and so they did not work in any respect — they did not even contact it. So it was, like, ‘Okay, we have to do a biopsy. We’re gonna go down and scope and have a look.’ And there was a lump down there. Then, after just a few weeks, it began to get laborious to swallow, ‘trigger the lump was getting greater — the tumor was getting greater. So I went and did the standard therapy for it, which is chemo and radiation, and it didn’t work. And by the best way, it is a pretty curable most cancers, particularly with HPV — there is a excessive proportion fee of success with it, of remedy. However in my case, it did not remedy, so my choices have been a entire lot much less. My physician informed me just lately — he did not inform me this earlier than — however he informed me just lately that I had a couple of 10 % likelihood if I’d have went down the common path. However we did not — we used immunotherapy, and it put it in remission in about 10 weeks. When it really works, it’s wonderful.”
Rockett first revealed that his tongue most cancers prognosis was attributable to HPV — the most typical sexually transmitted an infection — in a 2015 interview. He mentioned: “It’s the primary main reason behind oral most cancers as of late. There’s much less and fewer of the truck drivers that chew tobacco for thirty years getting it, as a result of individuals are extra conscious that that type of stuff is not good. So we’re getting marathon runners and all these elite athletes with this. I’ve a buddy that is a therapist, and 5 years in the past, it was 5 % of the folks she handled, and now it is near ninety %.”
He continued: “It may be unfold sexually, however now they’re saying that it will possibly unfold [through] deep-kissing and truly hand to mouth. I imply, for those who see the Olympic swimmers, they swim and so they smack their hand on the facet of the pool for every lap, and their fingers are filled with warts and stuff from HPV. Now the wart type of HPV just isn’t the identical because the pressure that causes most cancers, however it’s unfold virtually identically. For males, you’ll be able to’t inform in case you have it. For girls, you will get a papsmear. However the physician estimated in all probability it was 15 [or] 20 years in the past [when I contracted it], and my physique in all probability removed it, however it mutated itself and my physique would in all probability see that once more and eliminate it. However there isn’t any approach to inform who obtained it. I imply, I do know a pair that is been married for 15 years and so they’ve by no means cheated on one another, and so they’re pointing their finger at one another [after one of them was diagnosed with oral cancer], and it became a factor till the physician sat ’em down and went, ‘Look, you will get this so some ways.'”
POISON is ready to launch “The Stadium Tour” with DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS on June 16 in Atlanta, Georgia. The 36-date trek, which is because of wrap September 9 in Las Vegas, was initially scheduled to happen in the summertime of 2020 however ended up being pushed again to 2021, after which to 2022, as a result of coronavirus disaster.
I like being adverse!
Time to do a tour!!!
Posted by Rikki Rockett on Thursday, Could 19, 2022