Blink 182 bassist Mark Hoppus has shared the "best possible news" in his latest update on his ongoing treatment for stage-4 cancer. In a message to fans on Monday, he announced that "the chemo is working."
The forty-nine-year-old revealed his diagnosis only weeks ago on June 23rd in a statement on his Twitter account, saying: "I have cancer. It sucks and I'm scared."
"At the same time I'm blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this," Mark wrote.
He continued: "I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I'm trying to remain hopeful and positive. Can't wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the near future."
Since the announcement, Mark has been very open with his diagnosis, keeping fans up to date on his experience with chemotherapy.
He specified in a Twitch stream last week that his cancer is stage 4 lymphoma. "My cancer's not bone-related," the bassist revealed. "It's blood-related."
"My classification is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma stage 4-A," he explained. "Which means, as I understand it, it's entered four different parts of my body. I don't know how exactly they determine the 'four' part of it, but it's entered enough parts of my body that I'm stage 4, which I think is the highest that it goes. So I'm stage 4-A."
However, in his latest update on Monday, July 19th, Mark shared a positive message regarding his treatment: his chemotherapy is working.
"I'm so grateful and confused and also sick from last week's chemo," his update continued. "But the poison the doctors pump into me and the kind thoughts and wishes of people around me are destroying this cancer."
"Just gonna keep fighting," Mark concluded. "Scans indicate that the chemo is working! I still have months of treatment ahead, but it's the best possible news."
In a Twitch stream last week, Mark described his experience with chemotherapy, referring to what he called "chemo brain," admitting that it "absolutely sucks."
"I forget people's names, song titles, anything," he explained. "People will be talking to me and then 5 minutes later I'll ask them a question, and they're like, 'I just told you that 5 minutes ago.'"
He also revealed how he's receiving support from his mother who also dealt with the same type of cancer, and survived: "Oddly enough, we have the exact form of cancer," Mark said. "And she beat it. So I've been able to talk to her and bond with her quite a bit."
We wish Mark a successful round of treatment and a speedy recovery.