Blink-182's Mark Hoppus shares health update following stage 4 cancer diagnosis

'Just gonna keep fighting,' the Blink-182 frontman wrote.
Published July 20, 2021 11:32 a.m. EST
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Blink-182's vocalist Mark Hoppus updated his fans on his health as he undergoes chemotherapy during his battle with stage 4 cancer.

Hoppus took to Twitter on Monday to share that his ongoing rounds of chemotherapy are working.

"Scans indicate that the chemo is working! I still have months of treatment ahead, but it's the best possible news," the 49-year-old singer shared on Twitter. "I'm so grateful and confused and also sick from last week's chemo. But the poison the doctors pumped into me and the kind thoughts and wishes of people around me are destroying this cancer."

"Just gonna keep fighting...," the "Feeling This" singer added.

In another tweet, Hoppus called himself "Chemotherapy Gary," making reference to Blink-182's song "Dysentery Gary."

Hoppus revealed his cancer diagnosis in late June when he posted a note to Twitter.

"For the past three months I've been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I have cancer. It sucks and I'm scared, and at the same time I'm blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this," he wrote.

During a Twitch stream last week, "The Rock Show" singer told his fans that he was diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse large B-cell Lymphoma in April and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments since.

"My blood's trying to kill me," Hoppus said in a recording, letting his fans know his cancer is not bone-related.

"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," Hoppus explained. "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."

According to the Mayo Clinic, large B-cell lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the white blood cells and attacks the skin. It can form tumors throughout the body and it's one of the most common subtypes of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Hoppus said that he has been experiencing "chemo brain" while talking with fans during his Twitch stream.

"I forget people's names, song titles, anything," he explained. "People will be talking to me and then five minutes later, I'll ask them a question, and they're like, 'I just told you that five minutes ago.'"

He also shared that he's been receiving support from his mother, who is a three-time cancer survivor.

"Oddly enough, we have the exact form of cancer," he said. "And she beat it, so I've been able to talk to her and bond with her quite a bit."

Hoppus has been receiving support from his Blink-182 bandmates.

Travis Barker told E! News that he loves and supports Hoppus. “Mark is my brother and I love and support him,” Barker said. “I will be with him every step of the way on stage and off and can’t wait for us to play together again soon.”

Guitarist Tom DeLonge, who left Blink-182 in 2015, revealed that he has been aware of Hoppus' cancer for a while now.

"I too, have been aware of @markhoppus’s cancer diagnosis for awhile [sic] now. And to add to his own words that he used today, I would also like to say that he is strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart. 👊🏼#WeHaveHisBack," DeLonge tweeted.


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