Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter has announced he has been diagnosed with Papillary cancer, a common type of thyroid cancer. Hunter is currently feeling optimistic as he expressed it has “a high cure rate.” The singer revealed his next step is to remove the rest of his thyroid on August 12th via radioactive iodine treatment.
You can read his full statement below:
There’s no easy way to say it. I have thyroid cancer.
Last year during a physical, my doctor discovered a large mass in my neck.
I had two fine needle biopsies, but the results were inconclusive.
A week ago, I had half of my thyroid removed so doctors could better test the tumor. The results were positive for Papillary cancer- the most common of thyroid cancers. Luckily, it also has a high cure rate. There is no known cause for this type of cancer, but it’s likely genetic. There weren’t any symptoms either.
The next step is to remove the rest of my thyroid on August 12th and explore radioactive iodine treatment. I should probably sit on a beach somewhere after that.
I’m grateful for my team of doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, my supportive friends and family, and for Lauren and her ability to help me out of the depressive dark hole the news caused me to go down. My mother is also an inspiration for having beat colon cancer, as are many of my friends and fans who’ve endured much worse.
You guys and gals are my extended family, and I’m thankful to have you by my side after all these years. I truly appreciate it. My hope is this inspires you to stay on top of your health. A routine physical could save your life.
In the meantime, I am going to stay busy on work-related projects while enjoying the rest of my summer. I’ll continue to keep my mind busy immersed in my hobbies shall it start to wander toward the dark side.
Leaving you with my favorite quote from Nietzsche (and Conan the Barbarian) that I used as lyrics for Resurrection:
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
Hunter has fought many battles. For one, he released the documentary Down Again, which is based on his struggle with bipolar disorder. Photography and finding innovative ways to create has been keeping Hunter driven and focused. We wish Hunter the best and hope he has a speedy and safe recovery. Chimaira’s overall seventh and possibly final studio effort was 2013’s Crown of Phantoms.