Just as Black Sabbath had re-formed to record their first album in 33 years, guitarist Tony Iommi is diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Black Sabbath broke the terrible news of Iommi's diagnosis via their official Facebook page:

"With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan–the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery. This comes as Black Sabbath–Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums)–are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. Further information will be released as it becomes available.”

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that can be cured if detected early enough, the fact that their statement says Iommi was in the early stages is a good sign. The statement also seems to indicate that the band isn't letting the disease halt the progress of their new album either. Recording through cancer -- now that's metal! Hopefully the 64-year old Iommi will make a full recovery, we will keep you updated on the legendary guitarist's condition as more details become available.