Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch sent an email newsletter to his fans this morning, reporting he has completed surgery for cancer and is preparing for radiation treatment. He says that he's skipping out on the pain meds in hopes that he will heal quicker and that the stitches were removed Monday.

The rapper acknowledged and thanked all those at All Points West for their support, specifically Jay-Z's cover of "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," Chris Martin of Coldplay's take on "Fight For Your Right To Party" and shout-outs from Karen O and Q-Tip.

The Beasties were originally slated to headline the festival but dropped out on it and on several other fests due to Yauch's illness. He was diagnosed a few weeks ago with a tumor on his salivary gland. As previously reporty, Jay-Z replaced the group at APW while the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are the substitute at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

What's really touching is the little detail of him going home after a night at the hospital to have some home-cooked food. We know that made him better too. "Good sh*t," indeed.

Below is the complete letter, as it was written in the email:

hey all,

hope you are doing well.

so i'm about a week and a half out of surgery now and rapidly recovering from it. i haven't taken any of the pain meds, which supposedly speeds along the healing process, or should i say, taking them slows it down. anyway, i spent 1 night at the hospital after the surgery. the hospital was too crazy to get any rest so i headed home to relax, have home cooked food and hang out with the family.

i'm pretty well detoxed from the anesthesia that they pumped me up with to keep me under for all that time. that took several days to get out of my system. my neck and jaw are still pretty stiff from the surgery, but it gets better everyday. had the stitches out this past monday... so things are moving along.

but no sooner am i on the mend from this first torture than are they lining up the next one. the next line of treatment will be radiation. that involves blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, 5 days a week, for about 7 weeks. that will start in a few weeks...

saw the jay-z cover of no sleep, and the coldplay one of fight for your right from APW on youtube. good shit. and i heard karen o wore a "get well MCA" armband, and that q-tip gave a shout out too..... very kind of them.

just wanted to thank them and everyone else who sent positive thoughts my way. i do think that all of the well wishes have contributed to the fact that my treatment and recovery are going well.

much love back at all of you!

adam