Tony Iommi released a statement via his facebook page to his fans, friends and colleagues in regards to his recent diagnosis of lymphoma:

My fans, friends & colleagues –

I just want to say how overwhelmed I am with all your messages of support, thank you so much.

Well it’s not what I wanted for Christmas, that’s for sure, but now I can’t wait for the test results to come in and get going with the treatment.

It’s really good that the guys are coming over so that we can continue working on the album as things are going great in the studio.

Well, not much else to say at this time, so thanks again.

Bless you all,

Tony