Blink-182 rocker Mark Hoppus' cancer diagnosis is more devastating than we originally thought; the 49-year-old bassist and singer has just revealed that he has stage IV lymphoma.
During a recent live stream on Twitch, Hoppus opened up to his fans about the details surrounding his diagnosis – which he first revealed on June 23 – as well as the brutal course of treatment it entails.
"My classification is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma stage IV-A, which means, as I understand it, it's entered four different parts of my body," he 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 IV, which I think is the highest that it goes. So, I'm stage IV-A."
"Ideally, I go in tomorrow and they say, 'Congratulations, your chemotherapy has worked, and you're all done and you'll never have to think about this cancer again for the rest of your life,'" he said, adding that regardless of the doctor's prognosis, he would be required to finish his next three rounds of chemo "just to make sure."
"We're beating this cancer," he told his fans. "It's just a matter of time."
Hoppus announced last month that he had been first diagnosed in April. Since then, his bandmates have been nothing but supportive.
"Mark is my brother and I love and support him," Travis Barker told E! News. "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."
Tom DeLonge – who left the band in 2015 – added on Twitter, "I too, have been aware of @markhoppus's cancer diagnosis for awhile now. And to add to his own words that he used today, I would also like to say that he is strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart."