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Beastie Boys' Yauch "hopeful" he has beaten cancer

By Monica Herrera

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Adam Yauch is feeling "healthy, strong and hopeful" that he has beaten cancer, the Beastie Boys member shared in a message to fans this week.

Yauch sent an email update to the Beastie Boys' official fan list after returning from a visit to Tibetan doctors in Dharamsala, India, where he traveled shortly after undergoing surgery in late July to remove a cancerous tumor from his left parotid gland.

"I'm taking Tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the Tibetan doctors I've been eating a vegan/organic diet," said Yauch in the message, adding that his new health regimen "surprisingly enough was harder to do in India than it is now that I'm back home."

He added, "I'm feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that I've beaten this thing, but of course time will tell."

The Beastie Boys' new studio album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1," was put on hold when Yauch first announced that he had cancer on July 20 via YouTube. The group subsequently canceled all scheduled live performances, including festival dates at All Points West, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Osheaga and Austin City Limits.

A new release date for "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1" is still to be determined.

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