Phil Lesh, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, has just revealed that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Lesh, who has been working with his band Phil Lesh & Friends, was diagnosed this month and will be forced to cancel a pair of October concerts. He is currently receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
"I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests and eventually surgery to remove the tumors. I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread."
"So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell, and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery. Unfortunately, that means I will have to cancel the PLF shows scheduled for Oct 24/25. We will reschedule these shows as soon as we can, but in the meantime, keep a lookout for a free Grate Room show before I leave for the East Coast shows. I also plan to pop in and jam in the bar before we leave, so I hope to see you there at Terrapin."
Lesh had recovered from prostate cancer only ten years ago, and feels confident that he will make a full recover. Lesh recently performed the Grateful Dead's final shows back in July at Chicago's Soldier Field, which marked the 50th anniversary of the band's formation.
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