Dave Mustaine of Megadeth Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

Treatment has already begun

June 18, 2019

By: Anthony Capobianco

The music world has received another big blow. Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine has revealed that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer. As a result of his diagnosis, the remainder of the band's 2019 tour has been canceled, with the Megacruise being the only remaining date.

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Mustaine released a statement on his social media saying, "I've been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on - but I’ve faced obstacles before." He adds, "I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun."

I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on - but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll keep everyone posted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See you soon, Dave Mustaine

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Mustaine also reveals that despite his diagnosis, he will still be in the studio working with his bandmates on the follow-up album to 2016's Dystopia.

"I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more," Mustaine said. "I’ll keep everyone posted. See you soon."