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Poison’s Rikki Rockett Reveals Oral Cancer Diagnosis

After receiving the diagnosis this past summer, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett has gone public for the first time and is talking about his recent treatment for oral cancer.

Rockett revealed the news on “Eddie Trunk Live” yesterday (December 14th), and in the interview (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), Rockett said he got sick in June with a really bad cold.  After going to his doctor and running various tests, he learned that he had a tumor at the base of tongue, which was caused by HPV.  This type of cancer is similar to the type found when Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed earlier this year.

Rockett also revealed that he underwent treatment that included nine rounds of chemotherapy and 35 rounds of radiation and said he went public with his diagnosis now, because he wanted to see how he would handle the treatment and didn’t want press to bombard him or his family during treatment process.

Rockett said he has his PET scan scheduled in February, which will show whether or not his treatment was successful.

Our thoughts are with Rockett and his family, and we hope to report on positive results in the coming months.




Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.