Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 discloses his Stage 4 lymphoma diagnosis.
Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 has revealed additional details about his cancer diagnosis.
The 49-year-old rocker revealed his diagnosis of “diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A” during a Twitch live stream with fans that was captured and reuploaded on YouTube by a Blink 182 fan account. Throughout the live stream, Hoppus was candid with his fans, sharing specific details about his diagnosis and treatment.
“My diagnosis is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A, which means the cancer has spread to four different locations throughout my body,” Hoppus explained.
“I’m not sure how they determine the four parts of it,” he continued, “but it’s spread to enough areas of my body that I’m Stage 4, which I believe is the highest stage. As a result, I am Stage 4-A.”
Hoppus continued by stating that he had a doctor’s appointment the following day to determine the effectiveness of his chemotherapy treatments. Although the exact date of the live stream is unknown, Hoppus has yet to provide an update.
“Ideally, I’ll go in tomorrow and they’ll say, ‘Congratulations, your chemotherapy worked, you’re done, and you won’t have to think about this cancer for the rest of your life,’” Hoppus said.
The Blink-182 frontman added that regardless of the outcome of the pending update — whether positive or negative — he is required to complete his remaining three rounds of chemotherapy “just to be sure.”
Hoppus appeared to be in good spirits despite his diagnosis and ongoing treatments.
“We’re going to beat this cancer,” Hoppus assured fans. “It is merely a matter of time.”
Hoppus confirmed his cancer diagnosis in June, later disclosing that he was initially diagnosed two months earlier, in April. Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge of Blink-182 expressed their support for their bandmate.
“Mark is my brother, and I adore and support him,” Barker said in a statement to E! News. “I’ll be with him every step of the way, on and off stage, and can’t wait to play with him again soon.”
DeLonge, who left the band in 2015, added via Twitter, “I, too, have been aware for some time now of @markhoppus’s cancer diagnosis.” And, to add to what he said today, I’d like to add that he is strong, a super-human who is overcoming this difficult obstacle with an open heart.”