Hoppus, 49, opened up about his health status while speaking live to fans during a Twitch stream. A Blink-182 fan account shared a recording of the live feed on its YouTube page. He spoke candidly about his diagnosis and gave specifics on what he’s going through. While talking about his health, the rocker announced that he has “diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A.”
“My classification is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A, which means, as I understand it, it’s entered four different parts of my body,” Hoppus explained.
“I don’t know how exactly they determine the four-part of it,” he added. “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.”
Additionally, Hoppus explained that he had an appointment with his doctors the following morning. The Blink-182 musician said the visit would reveal if his chemotherapy treatments have worked. Since his live stream update though, Hoppus hasn’t shared further details about if the chemo has helped.
“Ideally, I go in tomorrow and they say, ‘Congratulations, your chemotherapy has worked and you’re all done. You’ll never have to think about this cancer again for the rest of your life,’” Hoppus said in the Twitch stream.
Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus Opens Up About Struggling With Chemotherapy Side Effects
The Blink-182 rock star seemed to be in fairly positive spirits when speaking to his fans on Twitch. Regardless of the results from his recent doctor’s visit, Hoppus will have to undergo three more rounds of chemo “just to make sure.” However, he did admit he’s struggled at times dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy.
“Let me tell you something that is real, and it absolutely sucks. A side effect of the chemotherapy is you get something called ‘chemo brain.’ And for me, I forget things that I should have just on call. Like people’s names, song titles, like anything. I just forget stuff. People will be talking to me, and five minutes later I’ll ask them a question, and they’ll be like, ‘I just told you that five minutes ago.’ So, kind of sucks,” Hoppus said.
Yet despite his diagnosis and the negative side effects of his chemo, the Blink-182 frontman is facing his cancer head-on.
“We’re beating this cancer,” Hoppus told his fans. “It’s just a matter of time.”
In June, Hoppus confirmed his lymphatic cancer diagnosis saying he received results about the disease two months prior. His Blink-182 bandmates, Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge, have also spoken out and shown support for Hoppus.
“Mark is my brother and I love and support him,” Barker said to E! News in a statement. “I will be with him every step of the way on stage and off and can’t wait for us to play together again soon.”