Cancer-stricken Vivian Campbell On Course For Early Hospital Release

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is remaining upbeat as he undergoes his latest round of stem-cell treatment for cancer as he is on course to be released from hospital a month earlier than planned.

The Pour Some Sugar On Me hitmaker announced his Hodgkin's lymphoma had returned at the beginning of 2014 after declaring he was in remission last November (13).

The rocker took a break from touring with the group in order to focus on his health, and now his bandmate Joe Elliott reveals Campbell has been given some good news as he continues to battle the illness.

He tells Billboard.com, "The latest that I'm aware of with Viv, they were harvesting stem cells from him and do whatever they do in a Petri dish with them, and then they were gonna carpet bomb him with chemo for a week and he was gonna be kept in the hospital...

"Then they're gonna put the stem cells back in and do whatever they do, wave the magic wand and say 'Abracadabra...' We were under the impression he would be in the hospital until Christmas (25Dec14), but the last email he sent me, which was about two weeks ago, said, 'It looks like I may be able to get out of here by mid-November.'"

Trixter guitarist Steve Brown was tapped to fill in for Campbell on Def Leppard's current tour, and made his debut with the band in September (14).

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