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Van Halen To Have Cancer Treatment

May 30, 2000

HOUSTON (AP) _ Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, co-founder of the rock band that bears his name, is to undergo preventative treatment at a noted cancer center.

The band’s Web site said Van Halen, 43, visited the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Thursday and plans to begin outpatient treatment.

Hospital spokeswoman Jane Brust said the California rocker does not have cancer and has not had it. He will be treated as part of an outpatient clinical trial to prevent tongue cancer, and may have some risk factors for that type of disease, Brust said.

Van Halen has been a longtime smoker.

Van Halen, who’s married to actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-founded the band in 1974 with his older brother, Alex, on drums, bass player Michael Anthony and singer David Lee Roth.

Their 1978 debut album sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S., and another big hit in 1984 with the album ″1984.″ Roth left the group in the mid-1980s and was replaced by Sammy Hagar. He left the band in 1996.

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On the Net: http://www.van-halen.com

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