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Vivian Campbell To Find Out If Current Treatment Works In December

Wednesday, 4th November 2015

Vivian Campbell 2015.
Pic by Chele Drappel

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has been interviewed by Steve Raymond and gave an update on his health.

Vivian talked about the 2016 US tour extension, the 2016 Hysteria On the High Seas cruise, the Last In Line band and new album, his setlist favourites, his time in DIO, his health, Ded Flatbird, the new 2015 Def Leppard album and his immunotherapy treatment.

Vivian says he will check on his health in December and will find out if his current course of treatment is actually working.

Listen to the full 14 minute interview below.

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Steve Raymond - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

Update On His Immunotherapy Treatment

"Immunotherapy. Yes I'm taking this drug called pembrolizumab. I'm part of a Phase II clinical trial. I don't actually know if it's working yet - to be honest. I'll find out in early December because right after Thanksgiving we do another set of scans and that's basically the determining time where my doctors and I are gonna sit down and have a look at that and see if it's holding the cancer at bay or shrinking the tumors. And if it is I be able to continue this treatment for a couple of years. Which will be the best possible outcome because then I'll be able to continue to work for a couple of years."

"If not then you know I gotta reconsider my options but I'm hopeful you know fingers are crossed and it's been great to be able to do that. I started doing this treatment six months ago and it's been fantastic because it meant that I was able to continue working. You know as opposed to doing a more traditional treatment like radiation or something which would have meant I'd miss the tour."

"And work for me is catharsis you know. It's very important for me to be up there on stage doing it and that's what keeps me alive."

Music Is Therapeutic

"Absolutely and I 100 percent agree with you on that. I couldn't imagine anything worse than being at home. You know when I first got my diagnosis. You know the guys in the band - you know obviously out of genuine concern for me they said well you know you don't have to go on tour if you want. Stay at home and look after your health. And to be honest I couldn't imagine anything worse you know. I gotta be out there and doing it. And particularly with the Last In Line stuff. I mean like I say it's really cathartic to pick up my Les Paul and get angry with it again like I did when I was in my 20s. that makes me feel REALLY, really good."