Quiet Riot's Frankie Banali on Cancer Diagnosis: ‘It's OK to Be Depressed About It'

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Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali candidly discussed his battle with stage four pancreatic cancer on his recent chat on SiriusXM's Trunk Nation on November 20. He shared with host Eddie Trunk his hopeful perspective that while "it's okay to be depressed about [cancer], but it's not okay to stay there."

In late October, Banali revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer since April but that with subsequent rounds of chemo and other treatments, he was "on the mend." 

This week, the drummer expressed the rational outlook he has maintained, despite going from an initial 197 pounds to 135 pounds throughout chemotherapy. 

As transcribed by Blabbermouth, Banali stated, "I'm very aware that cancer, there's no cure for it. So I know the cancer will be the death of me. The question is when. And I think having a very positive attitude is very helpful."

He further elaborated on his straightforward mindset, "so it's very important to be positive — and realistic. I'm not a pessimistic or an optimistic person. I'm a realist — I deal with facts as they're presented to me."

Banali also emphasized the importance of maintaining one's health and getting regular checkups, explaining how his cancer diagnosis caught him by surprise despite his routine checkups. 

 "I think it's important for people to understand that, first of all, if they have any inclination whatsoever that cancer is in their family, they should really have themselves checked out," he advised. "Because I had done physicals with my doctor religiously for 20, 30 years, and nothing ever showed up. And I did my last physical in February of this year, and no issues. And here comes April, and I've got stage four."

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