Three months since he revealed he was suffering from cancer of the salivary gland, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch wrote in a message to fans this week that after undergoing treatment and surgery, he's feeling healthy.
Yauch, 45, said he just returned from a trip to Dharamsala, India, where he had traveled to see some Tibetan doctors and ended up attending a three-day teaching from Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
"I'm feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that I've beaten this thing, but of course time will tell," wrote Yauch, who recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. "I'm taking Tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the Tibetan doctors I've been eating a vegan/organic diet, which surprisingly enough was harder to do in India than it is now that I'm back home. Here I can just shop for the right food and cook ... a lot easier than depending on restaurants."
Yauch announced on July 20 that the discovery of the cancer would necessitate the canceling of all of the Beasties' planned summer-festival appearances and push back their new album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part One, while he underwent treatment. According to a band spokesperson, because the cancer was discovered early and localized in an area that will not affect Yauch's vocal cords, it is believed the surgery was successful. Hot Sauce Committee has not yet been rescheduled.
In addition to attending the Dalai Lama event and consulting with Tibetan doctors, Yauch said he also visited a nunnery called Jamyang Choling. "They did a Puja (religious ceremony) for me to help me get well," he said. "One nun said to me, 'We do prayers and then you are better.' So I've got that going for me, which is nice."