Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May revealed in a blog post dated December 28, 2013 that he is set to undergo urgent tests amid fears that he might have cancer.
Now 66 years old, the guitarist said that he had to undergo a series of diagnostic tests, including scans, blood work, and ultrasounds for the doctors to rule out various cancer forms and to accurately diagnose his condition.
The guitarist had undergone knee replacement surgery early in 2013 but started experiencing back pains some three months later. The pain worsened and affected his ability to stand up. The pain was so severe that May feared for the worse.
So far, the test results have not shown any sign of cancer. Also, doctors assured the guitarist that should there be cancer detected at this stage, there is a high likelihood that it would be treatable with a high probability of success.
However, May still feels scared of the possibility that he might have cancer considering that his dad died of cancer at 66, the same age that he is now.
Updating his post at brianmay.com, the musician thanked his fans for the overwhelming support and encouragement he received after it was announced that he could be battling cancer.
May was surprised that many of his fans would offer such support during his ordeal and that he found out so many of them are also battling cancer or have a family member who is suffering from the condition.
He expressed gratefulness as well as feels humbled about the experiences and stories his fans shared after he announced the possible cancer battle.
He insisted that he would continue with his upcoming tour even while he prepares for the results of the battery of tests he has to undergo.
It is expected that the musician will update his blog and inform his fans regarding the results, whether good or bad, in the coming days.
Moreover, his publicist informs the media that all statements regarding possible ailments and the tests that the guitarist has to go through will be posted on his blog. There would be no official statement or separate press release regarding the matter.
May had also praised the medical team assembled by his GP for being efficient and finding ways to ensure that the tests are performed swiftly around Christmas, especially as he feels that such an ordeal is difficult to experience during the season of cheer.
He also revealed that he feels scared about having to deal with cancer after seeing his dad and several friends battle the same condition.
In fact, he’s been through “various states of unrest” ever since the day the tests commenced.
Although he admits that it was not an easy time, he feels grateful for the efficiency of the medical team and the constant support he received from fans.
Married to former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, May was awarded for services to the music industry and for charity work in 2005.
The musician is also known to support various cancer charities, even helping raise thousands of pounds for these charities.