Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton undergoes 'radical' cancer surgery

Bass player has endured a long-running battle with tongue cancer

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton undergoes 'radical' cancer surgery

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Aerosmith bass player Tom Hamilton has undergone surgery to help combat cancer of the throat and tongue.

The bassist was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue in 2006 and was forced to miss a large chunk of the band's tour as he was undergoing radiotherapy to treat the condition. Despite declaring later that year that he was cancer free, Hamilton confirmed earlier this year that the disease had returned and had now spread to his voicebox.

According to Ksat.com, Hamilton underwent laser surgery last week to remove the cancer, with no reported damage to his voice or breathing passage. Despite the operation being described as "radical", it appears to have been a success for the bassist.

Aerosmith are currently in the studio working on their 15th studio album, which will be their first since 2004's 'Honkin' On Bobo'.

The album has been delayed numerous times, most recently in 2010, when frontman Steven Tyler was rumoured to be leaving the band, but the group triumphantly headlined Download Festival that same year with Tyler up front. More recently, recording had been delayed following Tyler's appearance as a judge on American Idol.

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