Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is taking a break from touring to focus on beating cancer once and for all.
The Pour Some Sugar On Me hitmaker announced his Hodgkin's lymphoma was in remission in November (13), but had to backtrack when medics advised him the disease had returned at the beginning of 2014.
In July (14), he was informed his cancer was in remission once again, but Campbell has been advised by doctors to pursue stem cell surgery to complete his treatment - and ensure he stays free of the disease.
In a message on the band's official website, he writes, "As many of you know, I've been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I'll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits...
"Unfortunately, this means that I won't be able to perform with the band on the upcoming Nfl (National Football League) broadcast on Sept. 28th, nor will I be able to do the shows scheduled for Oct/Nov. While I can't say that I'm looking forward to the process ahead, I'm very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome.
"Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don't think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down! See you all (with hair!) in 2015..."