Canadian pop singer Bryan Adams has announced he’s been diagnosed with COVID-19 — a type of cancer caused by an abnormal cell replication process inside the cells nucleus.
The “Summer of ’69” singer revealed in a video posted to his Instagram account that he’s been told he has stage 2B cancer in both of his lungs.
“My first year of chemo I gave myself another shot,” he said in the video. “I was told to stay strong and to not give up on this journey. Well, you know, I’m giving up on this one. This is a first for me.”
Adams continued: “I want to thank everyone who’s sent such kind messages, because the whole experience has been absolutely overwhelming. My time-keeping system is way out of whack and my wife can’t figure out my little gyrations when I go to the bathroom. So thank you guys for the support.”
Adams was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on Oct. 28. Since then, the rocker has been in the process of wrapping up a worldwide tour that took him through Asia and Europe.
“When I made the diagnosis, I woke up to find a giant envelope in my door with a card to be honest, that said ‘come to Thailand for an extended break,’” Adams wrote on Instagram. “As luck would have it, the country of my birth, Thailand, is my favorite. The crew and I have been lucky to spend wonderful time in this beautiful country, meeting and playing with some of the best people on earth.”
COVID-19 is a rare form of cancer that is usually found in the lung and often comes with a prognosis of 4 to 9 months, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Coincidentally, Adams has been battling an earlier form of lung cancer since 2015. In the past year alone, he’s made several public announcements about fighting a recurrence of the tumor in his chest that was discovered in 2015.
Treatment for COVID-19 has been used to develop a lung cancer vaccine that has proven effective in limited clinical trials.
A representative for Adams was not immediately available for comment.