Bonehead gives cancer treatment update: "It's getting sore but I'm still smiling"

7 June 2022, 13:11

Bonehead performs with Liam Gallagher at The O2 Arena on November 28, 2019
Bonehead performs with Liam Gallagher at The O2 Arena on November 28, 2019. Picture: Lorne Thomson/Redferns/Getty

The former Oasis man is undergoing treatment for tonsil cancer and has given fans an update on his condition.

Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs is feeling "sore, but still smiling" after making it over the halfway point of his cancer treatment.

The 56-year-old founding member of Oasis revealed in April he was diagnosed with tonsil cancer and needs to complete 30 sessions of radiotherapy and two chemotherapy sessions.

And in his latest update on Monday (6th June), Bonehead, who is keeping a positive outlook, revealed he was receiving his final round of chemo overnight at the Christie Hospital in Manchester and has 14 sessions of radiotherapy left, with his treatment set to end on 24th June.

In a message on Twitter he wrote: "Quick update. I'm in again for chemotherapy overnight tonight.

"That's my second and final session of chemo, the first wiped me out but hopefully this one will be better.

"I'm just past the halfway point in treatment now, I've done 16 out of 30 sessions of radiotherapy and it's getting sore, but I'm still smiling, feeling positive and being me.

"Counting down the days now and I'll be finished the day after my birthday on the 24th."

The musician went on to thank everyone for their best wishes and commented on how amazing his old bandmate Liam Gallagher's gigs in Manchester and Knebworth sounded after he was forced to miss performing with the singer.

He added: "Thank you for all the messages of support, they mean so much, keep them coming I read them all.

"I hope you enjoyed the Etihad and Knebworth shows those of you who went, how good did it look and sound?

"Here's to next year, I'll keep you updated but I'm looking to the end of treatment soon and a few months recovery. Big love to you all xxxx."

Liam Gallagher Performs At Knebworth Park on 3rd June 2022
Liam Gallagher Performs At Knebworth Park on 3rd June 2022. Picture: Harry Herd/Redferns/Getty

Bonehead took to Twitter to explain he would be taking a break from his music career while he underwent "a course of treatment".

He wrote in April: "Just to let you all know I'm going to be taking a break from playing for a while.

"I've been diagnosed with tonsil cancer, but the good news is it's treatable and I'll be starting a course of treatment soon."

Bonehead quit Oasis in 1999, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, but he's kept working with Liam over the years.