A fan posted on the Blink-182 Reddit that Mark Hoppus announced on Twitch his cancer type is Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4a.
ILiveInAVan responded, “I just underwent treatment for a rare lymphoma. I’m now at 7 months remission.
Stage 4: means it has spread to other parts of the body and not isolated to just one quadrant. My guess is he has it in his lower body somewhere as well, possibly his bone marrow.
A: means he didn’t really show additional signs like night sweats, fatigue, or weight loss, making it harder to identify and diagnose.
Median age of his diagnosis is ~70
Given he is younger, he probably has around a 60-70+% survival rate of 5+ years. They rate survival at “5 years” because other factors aside from the cancer diagnosis could lead to death and “skew” the #s, don’t be afraid of the OS range.
I bet the test he’s waiting on is a bone marrow biopsy. Stage 4, there’s a chance it has spread to his marrow…
Stay strong Mark.
Edit: Some additional context I made further in the thread.
Mark has the potential to be “cured” and live cancer free, yes. He has a 60-70+% chance of reaching remission (from this cancer) and living a long life.
Going through chemo and treatment, there is a high chance of developing other cancers down the line because chemotherapy causes damage to the organs. Chemo itself can lead to cancer, but when you’re faced with the decision of dying from cancer NOW, or taking chemotherapy and getting another cancer later, the choice is to do the chemotherapy.
Also statistically: the longer you live the more likely you will develop cancer in your life. It’s kind of like saying, “the more you drive a car, the more likely you’ll be in a car accident.”
So that’s why the OS (overall survival) # is within a 5 year period. They only really count for those 5 years. After 5 years, if you get cancer, that’s more or less a “new” diagnosis.”