The Pogues star Philip Chevron is battling inoperable cancer.
The guitarist, who also plays with punk band The Radiators from Space, received treatment for head and neck cancer in 2007, and doctors gave him a clean bill of health in April, 2012 - but in August (12), medics discovered a new tumour.
Chevron, 55, was warned treatment could cause him to have a stroke, and he has gone public with his latest health battle in a post on the band's website.
The message reads, "Philip Chevron has revealed that the head & neck cancer for which he received treatment in 2007 and a clean bill of health in April 2012 has in fact returned.
"In August 2012, Chevron and his doctors noticed a new tumour and this one is in a position whereby treatment is seriously ill-advised and would almost certainly cause Stroke or worse. The cancer is, in short, inoperable and will prove fatal in time, though it is at present impossible to measure life expectancy.
"Chevron... is currently taking a break from both bands. Philip thanks his friends, colleagues, family and management team for their enduring support and hopes to make some notable musical contributions before, as he puts it, the cancer becomes 'lethal'."