Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi reveals his cancer is in remission

Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012

Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi has announced that his cancer is in remission, as he thanks staff at Midlands cancer centre for their care.

Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, undergoing successful treatment for the illness in January 2013.

Following the European dates of Black Sabbath’s The End tour, Iommi went for a check-up and says he was given the good news.


Speaking at an event to unveil a plaque at Solihull’s Spire Parkway Hospital’s Specialist Care Centre, Iommi told the Birmingham Mail: “I am in remission and hopefully, this situation will continue. I came back to hospital straight after we finished a round of European tour dates, and the good news is that everything is all right up to this point.”

He added that the chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment “appear to have done the trick” but continued to say, “I’m aware that it could come back one day.”

“I have a blood test every six weeks at my GP’s, and I come in here at regular intervals for check-ups,” he stated. “That’s something that I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life, looking for any warning signs that it might be rearing its ugly head again.”

Last year, Iommi spoke of his diagnosis, stating: “When I was diagnosed, I was absolutely devastated. They’re talking to me, saying, ‘You’ve got stage three,’ and it’s going in my head and I just felt somewhere else. And it was only later when I really broke down. I thought, ‘That’s it, it’s the end.’ And you really think that. But it’s not. There are people who can help.”