Poison’s drummer Rikki Rockett is now cancer free. The drummer revealed the news on his Instagram with a photo of himself alongside Dr. Cohen, M.D., professor of medicine and associate director for Translational Science at Moores Cancer Center of UC San Diego Health, with the caption “Because of this man, I am cancer free!!!”
After being diagnosed with oral cancer over a year ago, Rockett underwent experimental cancer immunotherapy.
“We are delighted that Rikki responded so well to immunotherapy,” said Dr. Cohen. “He had already been through a lot with chemotherapy and radiation treatment before he came to us, but his cancer recurred.”
Rockett’s treatment is said to have had advantages over traditional cancer therapy, according to Dr. Cohen. The drummer hopes that with his newfound health, he can help other patients learn more about immunotherapy.
“My hope going forward is that by talking to other cancer patients, I might be able to lessen their pain and suffering,” said Rockett. “I know from experience that chemotherapy and radiation are not fun. If I can help anyone else, it would help give reason to what I went through.”