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Cancer treatment sidelines Beastie Boys from Lollapalooza

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In other concert news: get your red-hot Beastie Boys refunds!

The sold-out Beastie Boys show scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Congress Theater is one of several summer dates getting the ax by the band. But they have a helluva good excuse: Adam Yauch has cancer — but a very treatable kind that was caught early, according to the band's statement released today:

"Adam 'MCA' Yauch of Beastie Boys was diagnosed last week as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. Luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable. It will however require surgery and several weeks of additional treatment. Fortunately the cancer is not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords. Beastie Boys have canceled all upcoming concert appearances to allow time for Yauch's surgery and recovery."

Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert has been treated for the same kind of cancer in recent years.

That means they're also off the Lollapalooza bill, Aug.7-9.

The trio's new album, "Hot Sauce Committee, Part 1," is also getting pushed back.

Here are the Boys themselves explaining the situation:

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