Published Dec 31, 2013Queen guitarist Brian May has opened up about a health scare that left him unable to stand over the Christmas period. As a result, 66-year-old May has undergone multiple tests for cancer.
According to a post written by the artist on his blog over the weekend, MRI scans showed "abnormalities in the bones." As a result, he's been waiting for further results, even though the tests so far have shown no sign of cancer.
"So around Christmas I've been having a succession of blood tests, ultrasounds, and various kinds of scans, to see if they could rule out various kinds of cancer," May wrote. "Now, on hearing the 'C' word something happens inside you ... of course. I've seen so many of my dear friends fighting it ... and my Dad lost his battle at age 66, exactly the age I am now."
He added, "So over the last few days I've been in various states of unrest. But the great thing has been that the team my GP assembled to check out the possibilities has moved Heaven and Earth to gather all the information I need quickly over the Christmas period ... not an easy time.
"I've been overwhelmed by the amazing messages you've been sending me, folks, since I wrote about my 'Health Scare.' It's taken me by surprise — for many reasons. I really didn't realise how much you guys were gunning for me... it's great to know that, and I can't thank you enough. It puts a smile on my face. But I didn't realise that biting the bullet and mentioning the 'C' word would unlock such an avalanche. I now realise that so many of you have been wrestling with this all along, personally, or in family or friends, and, like me, found it hard to share. Hearing of your experiences, and courage, and hopes, and solutions, has been a massive eye-opener for me."
May went on to say he would have more information on his health soon and was still getting ready for an upcoming tour while he waited the results from doctors. He added that specialists have been "really positive," writing that, even if he does have cancer, doctors tell him it's "almost certainly treatable with success."
Stay tuned for more information on May's health status as it becomes available.