Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Lymphoma, Still Working on New Sabbath Album
Da Capo Press
"Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan," the band's statement reads, adding that the influential axeman "remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery."
Sabbath has been writing and recording with producer Rick Rubin in Los Angeles, but given Iommi's condition, singer Ozzy Osbourne, drummer Bill Ward and bassist Geezer Butler will reportedly head to London to continue work on the sessions.
No word yet on whether Iommi's treatment will affect a planned 2012 world tour, and as it stands, the heavy metal godheads are slated to perform in June at the Download Festival in Donington Park, England.