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Oasis star ‘Bonehead’ Paul Arthurs reveals he’s been given the ‘all clear’ following cancer battle

Oasis star ‘Bonehead’ Paul Arthurs has revealed he’s cancer-free following a battle with tonsil cancer.

The former Oasis guitarist, 57, who revealed in April that he’d been diagnosed with the disease, said on Thursday that he’s been given the ‘all clear’ by doctors.  

‘Update on my cancer, I had a full scan 10 days ago, and it’s all clear, it’s gone,’ Bonehead began in an Instagram post, that was ‘liked’ by Liam Gallagher.

‘I had a scan and it’s gone’: Oasis star ‘Bonehead’ Paul Arthurs, 57, revealed on Thursday that he’s been given the ‘all clear’ following his battle with tonsil cancer

‘Thank you so much all of you for the messages I’ve had throughout, you’ve helped me more than you know.’

He went on to thank his doctors and nurses that helped him throughout his battle, writing: ‘Thank you especially to the team @TheChristieNHS, into recovery now and see you all soon x (sic).’

Liam Gallagher’s daughter Molly, 24, commented underneath: ‘Best news!’ adding a love heart emoji. 

Rocker: Paul is a founding member of the band Oasis and is seen on stage in rehearsals in 1996

Rocker: Paul is a founding member of the band Oasis and is seen on stage in rehearsals in 1996

'Update on my cancer, I had a full scan 10 days ago, and it's all clear, it's gone,' Bonehead began in an Instagram post, that was 'liked' by Liam Gallagher

‘Update on my cancer, I had a full scan 10 days ago, and it’s all clear, it’s gone,’ Bonehead began in an Instagram post, that was ‘liked’ by Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher's daughter Molly, 24, commented underneath: 'Best news!' adding a love heart emoji

Liam Gallagher’s daughter Molly, 24, commented underneath: ‘Best news!’ adding a love heart emoji

The musician was diagnosed with tonsil cancer earlier this year, and he subsequently shared the news with his fans via Twitter.

He wrote on the micro-blogging platform at the time: ‘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.’

Liam Gallagher, his former Oasis bandmate, quickly took to social media to express his support.

Announcement: The musician was diagnosed with tonsil cancer earlier this year, and he subsequently shared the news with his fans via Twitter

Announcement: The musician was diagnosed with tonsil cancer earlier this year, and he subsequently shared the news with his fans via Twitter

Liam, 50, wrote on Twitter: ‘Sending BIG love to the 1 n only Bonehead and his family wishing you a speedy recovery we’re all thinking of you rasta you’ll be back on stage bfore you can say r we doing Colombia LG x (sic)’

Andy Bell, another former Oasis star, also sent his best wishes to Bonehead.

He wrote: ‘Get well soon Bone. (sic)’

Bonehead quit Oasis in 1999, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

However, he’s kept working with Liam over the years, including in his band Beady Eye and on other solo projects.

The former Oasis duo performed together at Liam’s sets at Reading and Leeds festivals in 2021, and he was also scheduled to perform at Liam’s return to Knebworth in June.

Touching: Liam Gallagher shared his own well-wishes for Paul on Twitter at the time of his diagnosis, wishing him a 'speedy recovery'

Touching: Liam Gallagher shared his own well-wishes for Paul on Twitter at the time of his diagnosis, wishing him a ‘speedy recovery’

Well wishes: Former Oasis band members Andy Bell and Tony McCarroll also passed on their love and support at the time

Well wishes: Former Oasis band members Andy Bell and Tony McCarroll also passed on their love and support at the time

Support: The Fratellis bassist Barry wrote: 'All the love man, stay strong x'

Support: The Fratellis bassist Barry wrote: ‘All the love man, stay strong x’ 

Paul is best known as the co-founder of Oasis during their 90s heyday, acting as a rhythm guitarist and keyboardist for the band.

He was a key part of the group’s early success, appearing on their albums Definitely Maybe, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, and Be Here Now, before quitting the band in 1999.

Bonehead has been a regular on the rock star’s tours and one-off gigs – and was set to join Liam on his highly-anticipated return to Knebworth in June. 

Fans also took to social media to offer their well-wishes for Paul at the time of his diagnosis, with one writing: ‘We will always support you bonehead you’re a legend. I will pray for you always.’

Long lasting friendship: Paul has joined Rock n' Roll star Liam on tours and one-off gigs of late (pictured together in 2016)

Long lasting friendship: Paul has joined Rock n’ Roll star Liam on tours and one-off gigs of late (pictured together in 2016)

Another added: ‘Get well soon Bonehead take care of yourself see you back on stage soon.’

A third penned: ‘Hi Paul. Am sorry to hear this news but I am sending u love and strength and best wishes.. take care of yourself and get well soon look after yourself.’ 

In 2016, Paul reflected on the legendary rivalry between the Gallagher brothers, telling the Shropshire Star: ‘Generally you’re big boys and it’s forgotten the next morning.’

What is tonsil cancer?

A painless lump in the neck is a textbook symptom of tonsil cancer. Others include a persistent sore throat, one tonsil becoming bigger than the other and difficulty swallowing. 

Tonsil cancer is easy to miss, as symptoms can be quite subtle. On the disease, Professor Nutting told MailOnline back in March: ‘There is not good awareness of this cancer.’ 

Tonsil cancer typically occurs in those in their 40s and 50s, and cases have doubled over the past ten years, according to Cancer Research UK figures. Every year, 1,600 new cases are identified.

Some are linked to smoking and drinking, but tonsil cancer cases are rising sharply because of an increase in the prevalence of HPV, or human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that’s so common, says Professor Nutting, ‘virtually all of us will have been infected at some point.

HPV is now thought to cause around half of all tonsil cancer cases. The virus is also linked to cervical cancer, which is why teenage girls have been offered a vaccination against HPV since 2008 — and the vaccination of boys will start later this year. 

Making their mark: Oasis are among the most successful acts on the UK Singles Chart and Albums Chart, with eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums (pictured 1997)

Making their mark: Oasis are among the most successful acts on the UK Singles Chart and Albums Chart, with eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums (pictured 1997)

‘I had a good relationship with everyone. And I’m closer to Liam now than I’ve ever been in my life. I always used to say I was the rhythm guitarist and tour psychiatrist.

‘If there was a little fallout when we were hurling down the motorway, I’d be the one pulling Noel and Liam apart and telling them to get over it and sit down. I always did jump in.’

A painless lump in the neck is a textbook symptom of tonsil cancer. Others include a persistent sore throat, one tonsil becoming bigger than the other and difficulty swallowing. 

The disease is easy to miss, as symptoms can be quite subtle. On the disease, Professor Nutting told MailOnline back in March: ‘There is not good awareness of this cancer.’ 

Tonsil cancer typically occurs in those in their 40s and 50s, and cases have doubled over the past ten years, according to Cancer Research UK figures. Every year, 1,600 new cases are identified.

Some are linked to smoking and drinking, but tonsil cancer cases are rising sharply because of an increase in the prevalence of HPV, or human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that’s so common, says Professor Nutting, ‘virtually all of us will have been infected at some point.

Close: 'I had a good relationship with everyone. And I'm closer to Liam now than I've ever been in my life. I always used to say I was the rhythm guitarist and tour psychiatrist,' he said in 2016 (pictured that year)

Close: ‘I had a good relationship with everyone. And I’m closer to Liam now than I’ve ever been in my life. I always used to say I was the rhythm guitarist and tour psychiatrist,’ he said in 2016 (pictured that year)

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