Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford diagnosed with prostate cancer

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 12: Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine performs at Madison Square Garden on August 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Astrida Valigorsky/Getty Images)
Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. (Getty Images)

Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The 54-year-old musician underwent surgery to remove his prostate gland two months before he joined the band for their first tour in 11 years this summer.

Commerford told Spin magazine: "I’ve been dealing with some pretty serious s**t. Right before I was about to go on tour with Rage, I had my prostate removed, and I have prostate cancer.

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The Killing In The Name rocker said that as someone who took pride in being fit and healthy he had really struggled with the diagnosis and it had changed his whole life.

Rage against the Machine at the Kerrang Awards, the Brewery in central London.
Rage against the Machine formed in 1991. (PA)

He said: "With everything that happens to me now, I wonder, am I feeling this way because I have cancer? Am I losing my hair because I have cancer? Whatever it is, it makes me wonder if it’s happening because I have cancer.

"And prostate cancer is a very, very, very tough one because it’s connected to your sexuality. It’s hard to disconnect from that and when you’re forced into that situation, it’s a brutal psychological journey."

Commerford admitted he ignored the symptoms when the PSA levels in his blood tested high and he was refused medical insurance.

He said: "I blame myself. I should have said, ‘My numbers are elevated and what does that really mean?’ I should have taken it more seriously."

Tim Commerford of the band Wakrat performs in concert as the opening act for Prophets of Rage during their “Make America Rage Again Tour” at the BB&T Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Camden, N.J. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Tim Commerford had surgery to remove his prostate and his treatment has been successful. (AP)

But the Testify singer - who has two sons - feels positive following his successful treatment and vowed to keep writing songs.

He said: "I’m trying to get to the 100-song mark — I have some goals now. Songwriting has become a catharsis for me."

Rage Against The Machine were founded in 1991.

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They held the Christmas Number One slot in the UK Singles chart in 2009 after a successful Facebook campaign to get the band to the top of the charts and keep off the winner of The X Factor, which had dominated the Christmas charts for the four previous years.

Watch: Rage Against The Machine performed together for the first time in 11 years this summer