Stryper Guitarist Oz Fox Reveals Tumors Have Grown
Last year, Stryper guitarist Oz Fox suffered a seizure while onstage, and it was revealed later that doctors had discovered a pair of tumors. Doctors have been monitoring Fox's health to determine a course of action, and now the guitarist and his wife have Annie issued an update for fans.
She reported, “On Aug. 12, 2018, acoustic neuroma was 2.2 by 1.7 centimeters. On July 23, 2019, a new scan was taken: 2.7 by 1.7 centimeters. It has grown. Doctor recommends radiation ASAP because if tumor grows to 3 centimeters, it will no longer able to be treated with radiation. Going beyond 3 centimeters, an operation to remove tumor will cause facial palsy/droop as well as being a tough/risky surgery to recover from.”
She later added that a second rear glioma tumor on Oz’s right side had grown from 27.77 millimeters by 30.53 millimeters to 35.1 millimeters by 33.8 millimeters. This tumor was considered low grade, but is located on the back of the brain where the left side of the arms, hands and body operate. Removal could affect Oz’s motor function and ability to recognize faces and objects. A combination of chemotherapy and radiation may be needed to treat the tumor.
Fox added in a statement:
First of all, I would like to say thank you for all of the prayers and continued support. I couldn't think of having this journey without all of you in my life.
Today the report from the doctor was a little less than I expected. But whatever! I truly, truly believe that God has a plan for all of this. He has come through for me so many times in my life. I'm not going to worry about this at all. But I have to face facts. I'm not getting any younger. I have to start thinking about what to do with my time and better manage it. My wife, close family and close friends know me to be a chill person. So really I'm chilling out about all the stupid stuff. The Stryper band and staff is being very supportive. They have been so awesome through all this! I love them dearly! Same goes for my boys from Sin City Sinners and Hart Attack. And a big shout-out to all my new Las Vegas family who are always encouraging me and are always concerned for my well-being. Of course to all of you around the world offering your prayers and positive words, thank you.
I will be in South America soon and other dates in the U.S. will be coming up. I'm looking forward to seeing all the awesome fans! After that, one day at a time...
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Stryper called upon guitarist Howie Simon last year when Fox was unable to tour with the group. They currently have dates in September and October in South America and the U.S. See their stops here.
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