Dave Mustaine reveals throat cancer diagnosis

The Megadeth frontman broke the news yesterday.

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has throat cancer, he revealed in a social media statement yesterday.

“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on—but I’ve faced obstacles before,” he wrote. “I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate…”

Mustaine revealed that the diagnosis requires the band cancel “most shows this year,” though the Megacruise—Megadeth’s official cruise voyage which will also feature Anthrax and Testament—will still take place. The band were slated for a summer tour in celebration of their 35th anniversary.

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“Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP,” Mustaine wrote, adding that the band are still in the studio working on the follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia.

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I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll keep everyone posted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See you soon, Dave Mustaine

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Mustaine has begun treatment which they are “optimistic” about, bassist and Megadeth co-founder David Ellefson revealed in an interview with The Classic Metal Show podcast yesterday. “Other cases have shown that throat cancer is treatable. It’s at a place where it’s certainly, I don’t think, beyond a point of repair,” he said.

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Numerous musicians, from Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy to Anthrax to Lamb of God’s Mark Morton, have sent messages of support to Mustaine in his fight against cancer.

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