Def Leppard rocker Vivian Campbell is battling cancer.

The guitarist, who joined the Animal hitmakers in 1992, went for tests earlier this year (13) after developing a "cough that wouldn't quit". Medics have since diagnosed him with Hodgkin's lymphoma and recommended a six-month bout of chemotherapy.

A statement provided by Campbell to Billboard.com reads: "I'm about two months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80 per cent cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!"

The rocker, 50, is still planning to join Def Leppard on tour later this year (13), adding, "Me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer with the band and I don't want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really."