The Solihull Hospital near Birmingham, United Kingdom, opened a new chemotherapy unit, and they brought in Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi to cut the ribbon to commemorate the new Solihull Haematology and Oncology Day Unit.
Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2012, and he underwent treatment just after what he called, “the lowest moment” of his life. “You automatically wind yourself up saying, 'That's it then,' but that is not always the case,” he said about being diagnosed. “When they tell you, you think, 'Oh God.' That was a low time. I have had a few low times in my life like everybody has, but that was one that stuck in the head.”
Black Sabbath had just announced a reunion tour and the release of a new album called, “13.” Iommi endured treatment during the album’s recording and during their subsequent promotional tour.
Iommi underwent an operation in January of 2017 to remove a noncancerous lump from his throat.