EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the stomach. In a press statement, the drummer expressed the desire to raise awareness for the condition in hopes of helping others identify potential symptoms early.
“Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It’s a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February,” said Hunting.
He continued, “I’m making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out. I’m not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I’ve learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it’s a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it’s empowering, and you’re one step closer to killing it!
In spite of the diagnosis, Hunting remained upbeat and optimistic, expressing, “Okay, you’ve heard the bad news. The good news is [I] feel great physically! I’m gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I’ve had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I’m ready for the fight!”
In closing, he said, “We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I’m stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!”
EXODUS has the forthcoming album ‘Persona Non Grata’ on the way, their first since 2014’s Blood In, Blood Out.