Chimaira Singer Mark Hunter Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer | Revolver

Chimaira Singer Mark Hunter Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer

Singer tells fans: "I'm thankful to have you by my side after all these years"
mark hunter chimaira 2018, Lauren Dupont
Mark Hunter, 2018
photograph by Lauren Dupont

Chimaira frontman and the sole constant member throughout their run, Mark Hunter announced via Facebook today (August 1st) that he's been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. 

"Last year during a physical, my doctor discovered a large mass in my neck," Hunter revealed in his post, which also features photos of him at various stages of treatment. "I had two fine needle biopsies, but the results were inconclusive. A week ago, I had half of my thyroid removed so doctors could better test the tumor. The results were positive for Papillary cancer- the most common of thyroid cancers. Luckily, it also has a high cure rate. There is no known cause for this type of cancer, but it's likely genetic. There weren't any symptoms either." 

The next step for the singer is to remove the remainder of his thyroid, after which, he says, his doctors will "explore radioactive iodine treatment." "I should probably sit on a beach somewhere after that," he adds.

Hunter also writes about his mother's colon cancer and how she has been an inspiration in beating the disease, and he thanks fans, friends and his partner Lauren for helping pull him out of the "depressive dark hole" the diagnosis caused. Concluding with a promise to stay busy with various projects throughout his treatment and his "favorite quote from Nietzsche," Hunter relays an upbeat attitude of strength and courage, and we wish him all the best in his continued battle. Read the full statement below.