Mark Hoppus is Back to Music After His Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Battle

Mark Hoppus has been working in the music industry for three decades; his band, Blink 182, was formed back in 1992. He has a strong love for writing, performing, and listening to music, but he had to take a break from this passion for a while. This is because he was diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in the first half of 2021.

Mark’s Journey

After being diagnosed with DLBCL, Mark kept his fans looped in on his journey through social media (like Twitter and Instagram). He has posted pictures of his hair loss caused by chemotherapy, statements on his condition, and more.

One aspect of his journey that’s been very special to him is his relationship with his mother, Kerry Wernz. Kerry is also a cancer survivor, having beat breast cancer twice and DLBCL once. She’s become a pillar of support for her son, and they’ve been able to bond a lot throughout the journey.

They were both ecstatic when Mark was declared cancer-free back in September. While he’ll still have to undergo monitoring and scans, he’s happy to be able to turn back towards his passion: music.

“”Just want to say that I’m very grateful to be back in the mindset of ‘Oh! That’s a cool idea for a song lyric, I should write that down.’ I haven’t felt that in eight months,” Mark tweeted.


DLBCL is the most common form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and it sees B-lymphocytes being affected. Medical professionals aren’t sure as to what causes this cancer, but they have identified the following risk factors: a family history of or family member with DLBCL, autoimmune diseases, and a weak immune system. In terms of symptoms, the most common is swollen lymph nodes. Others are unintentional weight loss, fever, itching, and night sweats. If the cancer spreads, these symptoms may expand to include others. Treatment options are surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplants.

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