Tom Hunting, the drummer for legendary thrash band Exodus, is being treated for cancer. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in the stomach back in February, news he shared in a statement from the band on Facebook. It reads:
With our never ending support for our bandmate, friend and brother. We Love You.
Important statement from our man Tom Hunting:
"Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It's a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February. I'm making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out. I'm not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I've learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it's a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it's empowering, and you're 1 step closer to killing it!
Ok, you've heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I'm gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I've had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I'm ready for the fight!
We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I'm stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!"
Hunting founded Exodus with Keith Stewart, Kirk Hammett, and Tim Agnello in 1979; he's left and re-joined the band multiple times, most recently coming back on board in 2007 for The Atrocity Exhibition… Exhibit A. He's expected to appear on their anticipated new album, Persona Non Grata, which is due out this summer via Nuclear Blast.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Tom!