Rikki Rockett battling oral cancer
Rikki Rockett has revealed that he is is battling oral cancer.
“[In] June, I kind of got sick. I had this horrible cold, sore-throat thing, and they were scoping me and they were doing biopsies, and nothing was coming up,” he told Trunk.
“Finally a doctor at USC did a biopsy and took a look and he said, ‘I believe you have oral cancer.’ And what it was is a tumor at the base of my tongue.”
The 54-year-old drummer added of his diagnosis: “This is very similar to Bruce Dickinson (of Iron Maiden), very similar to Michael Douglas, similar to Tom Hamilton (of Aerosmith), as far as I know; I don’t know the details of his. And two adjacent lymph nodes that it kind of… Normally, it does spread to the lymph nodes; that’s typical. That’s how you find out you have it ninety percent of the time.”
Rockett – whose real name is Richard Allan Ream – said that he has done nine rounds of chemotherapy and 35 rounds of radiation which his mother-in-law brought him to.
He also revealed that he had been keeping the diagnosis a secret to keep it out of the media because – amongst other reasons – he didn’t want people coming up to him telling them “anybody’s horror stories” about cancer.
According to Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancers are part of a group of cancers commonly referred to as head and neck cancers, and of all head and neck cancers they comprise about 85% of that category. Brain cancer is a cancer category unto itself, and is not included in the head and neck cancer group.