Sad news coming from the world of entertainment.
Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip announced Tuesday that he has terminal brain cancer.
News of his illness was posted on the band’s website.
The head of neurology at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Dr. James Perry told the media at a press conference that Downie suffered a seizure and was diagnosed with brain cancer last December.
The type of cancer Downie has is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer know as glioblastoma and is one of the most common causes of cancer death in Canadians between 40 and 60 years old.
Glioblastoma or GBM can causes brain tumours that can range from fairly slow growing to others that are very aggressive and incurable. Unfortunately Dr. Perry says Downie’s cancer is incurable.
He received treatment in Kingston and had much of the tumour removed by Dr. Douglas Cook.
Downie later underwent radiation treatment for 6 weeks that consisted of 30 treatments daily from Monday-Friday for 6 weeks combined with chemotherapy medication.
He completed that treatment a month ago. Perry says Downie’s GBM is amenable to treatment and it has shrunk with treatment.
Downie is doing well and the band has begun rehearsing for a farewell tour.
The band, which formed in 1984 in Kingston, plans to launch another tour this summer, saying it’s the right thing to do.
After a dozen albums and numerous tours, the Hip say they will try to make this tour their best ever.
Tour dates will be announced tomorrow with the band saying the dates will be all Canadian cities.
An important message from the band is now up on https://t.co/bnOogWaF9U
— The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) May 24, 2016
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