Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 Undergoes Fifth Round of Chemotherapy for Cancer

by Amy Myers
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Mark Hoppus wants Blink-182 fans to know that he’s still not giving up. Today, the rock legend received his fifth round of chemotherapy treatment for stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Throughout his entire journey with cancer, he’s kept his fans up-to-date with any new developments. Hoppus posted his most recent update on his Instagram story with a photo of him in a hospital. He put up a peace sign as an IV flowed from his other arm.

“Chemo Round 5,” Hoppus wrote on the photo, “Let’s heckin’ go.” The Blink-182 bassist and singer wore his usual attire of a snapback hat and thick-framed glasses. Without the bag of fluids, fans would never suspect that the rockstar was undergoing treatment. While the process is surely taxing on his mind and body, Hoppus shows fans that his humor and personality are still very much alive and well.

Previously, the Blink-182 frontman described how his condition affected his mind on Twitch.

“A side-effect of chemo is you get something called ‘chemo brain,” Hoppus explained. “I just forget stuff.”

As a result, he often has to ask people to repeat information that he was previously told only minutes before. Despite the frustrating side-effects of his condition, Hoppus ensured fans, “We’re beating this cancer. It’s just a matter of time.”

Watch the full video of Hoppus’ previous health update below.

While the Blink-182 bassist and singer continues with his chemotherapy treatment, he has a few friends at home to help him stay positive. Always his side are his two canine companions, Doug and Xavier. The other resides in his “cancer garden” outback, the newly planted crested blue cereus. Hoppus originally planted the succulent after his first round of chemotherapy. At the time, he didn’t know if the chemotherapy treatments were effective on his cancer cells.

The plant consists of one long stalk with an appendage that shoots off towards the top. At the bottom, a group of strangely mutated stalks curl out towards the sides. At the very top is a new growth that Hoppus believed was a flower. With all of its odd formations and behaviors, the Blink-182 grew fond of his cancer garden “because I feel connected to them through my own cells’ mutation.”

Now as he continues through his next round of treatment, he reached out to his fellow plant-loving friends for help with his green friend. Worried he was watering his cactus too much, he asks for some advice on the best care techniques.

“I need experts to weigh in,” the rockstar wrote. “I’ll feel terrible if my cancer buddy dies from my ignorance.”

With a little support and a whole lot of patience, his fans hope both Hoppus and his cactus will be just fine.

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