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Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus has revealed new details about his cancer diagnosis.
The 49-year-old rocker said he had “Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Stage 4-A” during a Twitch livestream with fans that was tracked and re-uploaded from a Blink 182 fan account on YouTube. Hoppus was very open with his fans throughout the livestream, sharing detailed details about his diagnosis and treatment.
“My classification is stage 4-A diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, which means that, as I understand it, it has invaded four different parts of my body,” explained Hoppus.
“I don’t know how exactly you determine the four-part of it,” he added, “but it has penetrated enough parts of my body that I’m level four.”, which in my opinion is the highest thing that is possible. So I’m Level 4-A. “
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Hoppus went on to explain that he had a doctor’s appointment the next day to see if his chemotherapy treatments were working or not. The exact date of the live stream is unclear, but Hoppus has yet to release an additional update.
“Ideally, I’ll go in tomorrow and they’ll say, ‘Congratulations, your chemotherapy worked and you’re done and you’ll never have to think about this cancer for the rest of your life,'” said Hoppus.
The Blink-182 front man added that regardless of the upcoming update – good or bad – he’ll have to finish his next three rounds of chemo “just to be sure.”
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Despite his diagnosis and ongoing treatments, Hoppus appeared to be in good spirits.
“We’ll beat this cancer,” said Hoppus to the fans. “It’s only a matter of time.”
Hoppus confirmed his cancer diagnosis in June and later revealed that he was first diagnosed two months earlier in April. Blink-182’s Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge shared support for their bandmate.
“Mark is my brother and I love and support him,” Barker told E! News in a statement. “I’ll be with him every step of the way on stage and I can’t wait for us to play together again soon.”
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DeLonge, who left the band in 2015, added via twitter, “I’ve also known @markhoppus’ cancer diagnosis for some time. And to add to his own words, which he used today, I would also like to say that he is strong, and a superman who pervades the difficult obstacle with far open heart. “