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The Pogues guitarist Philip Chevron: 'This time the cancer is lethal'

The position of his cancer means that treatment is seriously ill-advised and would almost certainly “cause a stroke or worse”.

Philip Chevron of The Pogues.
Philip Chevron of The Pogues.

THE POGUES AND Radiators from Space guitarist, Philip Chevron, has revealed that he has terminal cancer.

In 2007, he was treated for head and neck cancer and was given a clean bill of health in April 2012. However, the cancer has returned.

In a statement on The Pogues website, Chevron said that in August last year his doctors found a new tumour. The position of it means that treatment is seriously ill-advised and would almost certainly “cause a stroke or worse”. It will prove fatal in time, though at present it is impossible to measure Chevron’s life expectancy.

Chevron, born Philip Ryan, was last year part of both the The Pogues and the Radiators releases, but is currently taking a break from both bands.

In the statement, Philip thanked his friends, colleagues, family and management team for their enduring support and hopes to make some notable musical contributions before, as he puts it, the cancer becomes “lethal”.

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