Get well soon, Bruce
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The cancer was diagnosed during a routine check-up just before Christmas and Dickinson has just completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology.
The band are due to go on a European tour from May 27 to July 5, but have urged fans to be patient.
Hundreds of upset Iron Maiden fans from around the world took to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery.
The band said in the statement: 'Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up.
'This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday.
'As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce's medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness.
'In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family's privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.
But it wasn't a bad joke. He really was gone. And the world lost one of the all-time greatest personalities and artists in the history of music.
Godspeed, Bruce. And UP THE IRONS!