Brian May In Cancer Scare

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December 30, 2013 | 11:22am EST

Queen rocker Brian May has spent the Christmas holidays dealing with a terrifying cancer scare.
The veteran guitarist has suffered a number of ailments over the last few months, recently undergoing a knee replacement operation and enduring crippling pain in his backside and hip joint following a performance in Las Vegas.
May has now revealed doctors decided to investigate his health problems more fully, setting up a number of scans and blood tests in a bid to eliminate cancer.
In a post on his website, he explains, “The scans showed up all kinds of mechanical disc and vertebra problems that might be the cause of the pain, but there were also some abnormalities in the bones – things that the report said needed urgent attention. 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… 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.”
Several of the scans came back negative, and May hopes he could be given the all-clear following one more hospital test on Monday.
He adds, “The really great thing is that so far the tests have eliminated a lot of nasty things. My PET (positron emission tomography) scan was (on Saturday) , and it felt pretty grim in there. But a few hours later I got a text from my specialist saying that he hadn’t found any evidence of cancers in the tests so far. I have one more scan on Monday, but I’m beginning to feel cautiously optimistic. Of course we still don’t know what those things on the MRI’s are. But I’m hoping they are things that have been there for a long time and are not causing trouble.”