Four years ago, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed two tumours – including one the size of a golf ball – were found at the back of his tongue.

He spoke in an interview with Andrew Haug and explained how he feel when he got diagnosed with cancer. He also shared the current state of his health.

Here’s the statement:

“It’s not a conscious thing, but even before I got diagnosed, I had several projects on the go and then when I got diagnosed with cancer I was like, ‘Oh no, no. Really? You’re kidding me.’

There was a half of me that was like, ‘Well I suppose you might die, but the chances are that you won’t – but what a pain in the ass this cancer is.’

I just had to settle down and go, you know, ‘I’m not going to give up on these things.’ I’m just going to have to put myself in the deep freeze a little bit for a few months while I nail this thing.

The treatment is pretty aggressive so hopefully, you come out the other side of the treatment in a reasonable shape.

I know some guys who’ve had exactly the same cancer as me, who had pretty much exactly the same treatment as me and their bodies have responded, they got rid of cancer, but their bodies responded very differently to mine.

There were some really quite unpleasant side effects, which I’ve been really lucky that I managed to sidestep the worst of them. I mean, in terms of long-term, the worst of them.”

Click here to entire interview via Ultimate-Guitar. Watch it from below.