Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch "hopeful" he has beaten cancer

Fri Oct 9, 2009 1:42am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Adam "MCA" Yauch, a founding member of the rap group the Beastie Boys, has said he is "hopeful" he has beaten cancer after undergoing surgery and visiting Tibetan doctors in India.

Yauch told fans in July that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous growth in his left salivary gland and an adjacent lymph node, forcing the cancellation of the band's concerts and delaying the release of their album "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1."

After undergoing surgery to remove the cancerous tumor, 45-year-old Yauch said he went to a Tibetan community in Dharamsala in India, recently returning to America.

"I'm feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that I've beaten this thing, but of course time will tell," Yauch said in a message to fans this week.

"I'm taking Tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the Tibetan doctors I've been eating a vegan/organic diet."

A release date for the band's new album is yet to be determined.

(Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)