here is a note from Roy himself ;
As many of you are aware by now, I was diagnosed with cancer last
Thursday. Salivary Gland Cancer to be exact. After a stressful week of
tests and multiple Dr visits, it appears we have a plan of attack.
Surgery is scheduled for Friday, April 8 at UCLA. They wanted April 12
but I said Hell No! Iron Maiden is that Friday! Anyway, here is what I
know about my condition so far: The tumor seems to be small and self
contained to the gland which is good. No spreading. I will have a large
ugly cut from the top of my ear along the length of my neck and
reconstructive surgery is going to be needed. They are going to remove
the gland and most of the tissue around it. I will be in the hospital
for 2-4 days so the 8th works for Iron Maiden. It was confirmed today
that post surgery treatment will include 6 weeks of radiation. I'm not
asking for folks to feel bad for me but I am asking for your prayers.
This is for sure going to knock me down but I won't stay down and that's
where your support is needed. If you have questions or concerns you all
know how to reach me! I'm putting my War Team together and I hope you
all will join!