Iron Maiden are planning their future around the outcome of bandmate Bruce Dickinson's cancer treatment.

The British rocker has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy after doctors discovered a tumour on his tongue, and the rest of the musicians have put plans to release a new album on hold until he recovers.

Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood took to Facebook.com on Thursday (05Mar15) to update fans on the singer's progress, and confirmed the group's plans for the future are centred around DICkinson's health because they will not proceed without him.

He writes, "Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes... Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce's seven week course is completed, he's had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an Mri scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However, prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery.

"Following the scan, we will officially update you on our website at the appropriate time, probably in late May. After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. Naturally the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden's plans will be determined by Bruce's progress. Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated."