Halford first received treatment for his cancer last July, opting to remove it via prostatectomy
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has opened up about his personal battle with prostate cancer, casually mentioning the diagnosis in a new interview — assuring fans that he is now in remission.
Halford shared the news during the chat heavy results Over the weekend, saying: “I fought my little cancer a year ago, which I overcame and is now in remission, thank goodness. This was when we were all off, so things were a As far as the time order of events is concerned, I have nothing but gratitude for being at this point in my life, yet doing what I love most.”
The 70-year-old metal legend elaborates further in a newly updated edition of his 2020 memoir, Accept, in which he explains that he first picked up on prostate cancer symptoms in 2017.
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“How did I feel? I felt a combination of shock, horror, and strangely relieved – at least now I know!” Reads a new chapter. “‘Am I going to die?’ That’s all I could think of. I know people who have died of prostate cancer. ‘No, you’re not going to die, Rob,’ said Dr. Ali.
Halford first received treatment for his cancer last July, opting to remove it via prostatectomy — which he noted — as opposed to radiation therapy — was successful. However, earlier this year more cancer was detected in his prostate bed, causing Halford to receive radiation treatment during April and May of this year.
admitting that he “hardly told anyone” [he] had cancer”, Halford continued in the new chapter of Accept: “It’s been a tough year, I can’t deny it, but I’m happy to come through it. I feel like I have the deepest MOT that a metal god can have.”
Halford’s positive outlook did not come easily, however, as he wrote that shortly after hearing about his diagnosis, he was “being a proper Mardi” and “walling up”. [his] Angry”. He further added that his perspective changed drastically after seeing an advertisement for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“It showed cancer to the kids,” he said. “Some only kids. They lay there, tubes coming out of them, fighting for their lives. They didn’t know what was going on…It made me feel completely ashamed of myself ; Rob, how dare you be so selfish? And from that moment on I change my whole mental attitude towards my illness.
News of Halford’s cancer came shortly after Richie Faulkner was hospitalized due to “major heart condition issues”, with longtime Judas Priest guitarist suffering from an aortic aneurysm. Faulkner underwent emergency heart surgery after the incident, in which his partner confirmed that he was “stable and resting”.
Footage of the incident is circulating on the Internet, but Halford has said he is unwilling to watch it because he is “still shaking”. He referred to Faulkner’s irresponsibility to the situation, saying: “It’s unbelievable that he got through that song and he came into the dressing room and he changed.
“Even when the paramedics told him he needed to go to the hospital and take a proper look at stuff, he was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll be back. I’ll go home for a few days after the show. I’ll see you guys in Denver’ and walk out the door and then maybe less than an hour later he’s having over 10 hours of heart surgery. It’s just unbelievable.”