Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Beastie Boy’s Cancer Treatment Update

August 6, 2009 by Jeanne Dupuis  
Filed under Music

Adam “MCA” Yauch recently announced that his doctors found a cancerous tumor on his left salivary gland and lymph node and, since then, he’s had surgery to remove the growth.  The group had to cancel all of their upcoming promotional tour dates for their upcoming album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, which will be released on September 15, 2009.

The group might have missed the All Points West festival in New York City last weekend but the other acts showed that the Beastie Boys were never far from anyone’s mind with Coldplay’s Chris Martin playing “(You’ve Got to) Fight For Your Right (to Party)” on the piano and Jay-Z busting a bit of “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”  Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Q-Tip also showed their support.

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Here’s the email that MCA sent out (via Billboard):

hey all,
hope you are doing well.
so i’m about a week and a half out of surgery now and rapidly recovering from it. i haven’t taken any of the pain meds, which supposedly speeds along the healing process, or should i say, taking them slows it down. anyway, i spent 1 night at the hospital after the surgery. the hospital was too crazy to get any rest so i headed home to relax, have home cooked food and hang out with the family.
i’m pretty well detoxed from the anesthesia that they pumped me up with to keep me under for all that time. that took several days to get out of my system. my neck and jaw are still pretty stiff from the surgery, but it gets better everyday. had the stitches out this past monday… so things are moving along.
but no sooner am i on the mend from this first torture than are they lining up the next one. the next line of treatment will be radiation. that involves blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, 5 days a week, for about 7 weeks. that will start in a few weeks…
saw the jay-z cover of no sleep, and the coldplay one of fight for your right from APW on youtube. good shit. and i heard karen o wore a “get well MCA” armband, and that q-tip gave a shout out too….. very kind of them.
just wanted to thank them and everyone else who sent positive thoughts my way. i do think that all of the well wishes have contributed to the fact that my treatment and recovery are going well.
much love back at all of you!

I hope he continues to improve.  I love the Beastie Boys and I want them to keep on making music for a very long time.  Here’s a video of Chris Martin singing “”(You’ve Got to) Fight For Your Right (to Party).”

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