Just before Christmas of last year, Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited the doctor and a, “small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue” was found. In February, after several weeks of treatment, the Iron Maiden camp shared the news with the world, saying Dickinson was on the road to recovery.

Today, Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood has posted another update:

Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of Maiden fans.

Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on this website at the appropriate time, probably in late May.

After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness.  Naturally the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress.

According to drummer Nicko McBrain, one of those plans was the release of a new Iron Maiden album this year, but this recent health scare has pushed things back. “We’re all just holding on,” said McBrain, “and once Bruce is up and running, hopefully in the next couple of months, we’ll… You never know when this might happen.”