The members of Iron Maiden have issued another update regarding Bruce Dickinson's ongoing treatment for his recent cancer diagnosis.

Manager Rod Smallwood posted a note to the band's website, passing along Dickinson's thanks for fans' "tremendous support and kind wishes" and adding that he's been "extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response" to his medical woes.

"Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort," continues Smallwood's post. "He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on this website at the appropriate time, probably in late May."

While cautioning that "it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness," the note makes it clear that Maiden have closed ranks around the singer, and their rumored plans for a new album and tour remain on hold while he's on the mend. "Naturally the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress," concludes Smallwood. "Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated."

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