Mark Hoppus says 'chemo is working' after stage 4 cancer diagnosis: 'Just gonna keep fighting'
On Monday, the Blink-182 bassist – who revealed he was diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma – shared on Twitter how his ongoing rounds of chemotherapy are going.
"Scans indicate that the chemo is working!" Hoppus wrote in a message to his fans. "I still have months of treatments ahead, but it's the best possible news."
Hoppus shared he's "grateful and confused and also sick from last week's chemo," but still looking on the bright side.
"The poison the doctors pump into me and the kind thoughts and wishes of people around me are destroying this cancer," he went on. "Just gonna keep fighting…"
"My classification is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A, which means, as I understand it, it's entered four different parts of my body," Hoppus explained. "I don't know how exactly they determine the four-part of it, but it's entered enough parts of my body that I'm Stage 4, which I think is the highest that it goes. So, I'm Stage 4-A."
According to Mayo Clinic, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is a type of cancer that starts in white blood cells and can eventually form tumors throughout the body.
Hoppus said he's been receiving support from his mother, who beat the "exact same" type of cancer years ago.
"I've been able to talk with her and bond with her quite a bit. Oddly enough, we have the exact same form of cancer that she had. And she beat it," Hoppus said, adding that she beat cancer three times. "Twice for breast cancer and one for the same cancer that I have."
The musician, who revealed he has been undergoing chemotherapy, said he hasn't been able to leave his house due to his heightened risk of getting sick with a compromised immune system as the pandemic continues.
"My white cell count is so low after the chemo that I can't get sick, and I have to vigilantly take my temperature and make sure I don't have a fever. If I have a fever, I have to call my doctor and it's a whole thing," he said.
However, he is remaining optimistic throughout the process.
"We're beating this cancer," he said. "It's just a matter of time."
In June, Hoppus confirmed in a social media post that he was diagnosed with cancer and had been undergoing treatment for three months.
"I have cancer. It sucks and I'm scared, and at the same time I'm blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this," Hoppus wrote on June 24, adding he still has "months of treatment ahead" but is "trying to remain hopeful and positive."
"Can't wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the near future," he concluded. "Love you all."
One month after revealing his diagnosis, he shared a photo of his bald head.
"The Cancer Haver wishes you all a very happy Fourth of July weekend," he captioned the Instagram picture of himself smiling.