Peter Tork Has Cancer Surgery

March 5, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Former Monkees legend Peter Tork is recovering after undergoing extensive surgery to remove cancer from his tongue.

The 67-year oldĀ  has been diagnosed with a rare form of the disease, called Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, which was discovered by doctors on the lower part of his tongue.

“It’s a bad news, good news situation,” he said he a statement to fans, “It’s so rare a combination (on the tongue) that there isn’t a lot of experience among the medical community about this particular combination. On the other hand, the type of cancer it is, never mind the location, is somewhat well known, and the prognosis, I’m told, is good.”

Early tests showed that the cancer had not spread.

Tolk will have a round of radiation treatment to battle the disease.

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma is a slow growing cancer typically found on the head and neck.

Tork says he has shows coming up in June with his band Blue Suede Shoes so he has to be better by then. He says: “Barring any complications, I fully expect to honor a performance date I have this June with Shoe Suede Blues. We’re appearing in Manchester, Connecticut and I’m looking forward to that and all our tour dates.”


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