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Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus shares positive update on cancer battle

Mark Hoppus is battling stage 4 cancer which is blood-related (Picture: Getty)

Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus was able to share the ‘best possible news’ about his cancer battle this week. 

The 49-year-old announced he had been diagnosed with stage four cancer – particularly stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma – which he recently revealed was ‘blood-related’. 

He has been undergoing chemotherapy since his diagnosis and told fans on Monday that doctors have seen progress. 

In a Twitter post, Hoppus wrote: ‘Scans indicate that the chemo is working! I still have months of treatment ahead, but it’s the best possible news. 

‘I’m so grateful and confused and also sick from last week’s chemo. But the poison the doctors pump into me and the kind thoughts and wishes of people around me are destroying this cancer. 

‘Just gonna keep fighting.’ 

In June, Hoppus had told fans that he had cancer and admitted that he was ‘scared’ but also ‘blessed with incredible doctors, family and friends’. 

The musician, whose bandmates are Travis Barker and Matt Skiba, hosted a Q&A on Twitch over the weekend where he opened up about his diagnosis. 

‘My blood’s trying to kill me. My classification is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A, which means, as I understand it, it’s entered four different parts of my body,’ the musician said. 

He continued: ‘I don’t know how exactly they determine the four-part of it, but it’s entered enough parts of my body that I’m Stage 4, which I think is the highest that it goes. So, I’m Stage 4-A.’ 

Large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is one of the most common types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and occurs in white blood cells and can form tumours throughout the body.

Hoppus said he’s ready to ‘keep fighting’ (Picture: @markhoppus, Instagram)

It is an aggressive lymphoma that can arise in lymph nodes or outside of the lymphatic system, in the gastrointestinal tract, testes, thyroid, skin, breast, bone, or brain.

Discussing how chemotherapy had affected him so far, Mark said he had ‘chemo brain’, explaining: ‘For me, I forget things. People would be talking to me and five minutes later I’d be asking them a question, and they’ll be like, “I just told you five minutes ago.” So it kinda sucks.

‘The first chemo, I felt like I was a zombie that fell onto an electric fence and was just being shocked. The second round of chemo, I just felt very weak and tired. Really just like the worst flu ever. The third round of chemo, I started retching. Nauseous and that whole thing.’ 

Hoppus is an original member of Blink-182, which he founded in 1992 alongside Tom DeLonge and Scott Raynor.

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