American glam metal band Poison’s talented drummer Rikki Rockett was the recent interview guest of SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation, and he answered the questions of the famous TV/Radio host Eddie Trunk.
As the whole industry is familiar with the news that Rikki was diagnosed with oral cancer back in 2015, and he was struggling with the same disease that Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.
While enjoying his cancer-free days after defeating cancer with the help of UCSD Moores Cancer Center doctor Ezra Cohen, Rikki told about the days he thought he would never go away.
Here is what he told, transcribed by BlabberMouth:
“I just had a PET scan three weeks ago, and I’ve been in remission for over four years now. So I’m good. It was the base of the tongue with an associated lymph node, which is pretty common as far as head and neck cancers these days. HPV-related head and neck cancers usually are base on the tongue.
There are a few people that I’ve sort of mentored or helped out, and many of ’em are musicians. And HPV is pretty rampant — it really is. If you have a kid, get ’em inoculated.”
He continued by explaining how he noticed the symptoms he had:
“I had a sore throat that wouldn’t go away. That was the main thing. And then I had a lymph node that was kind of sticking out. First, they tried antibiotics, and they didn’t work at all — they didn’t even touch it. So it was, like, ‘Okay, we need to do a biopsy. We’re gonna go down and scope and take a look.’ And there was a lump down there.
Then, after a few weeks, it started to get hard to swallow, ’cause the lump was getting bigger — the tumor was getting bigger. So I went and did the typical treatment for it, which is chemo and radiation, and it did not work. And by the way, it’s a fairly curable cancer, especially with HPV — there’s a high percentage rate of success with it, of cure.”
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