In a statement released to the Beastie Boys mailing list, Adam "MCA" Yauch has given a lengthy status update. Surgery for the cancerous tumor in his parotid gland seems to have gone well; Yauch spent only one night in the hospital and has been pushing through the recovery process sans pain killers. But it sounds like recovery process has its ups and downs.

"I'm pretty well detoxed from the anesthesia that they pumped me up with to keep me under for all that time," he explained. "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 every day."

That said, he doesn't appear to be looking forward to the next step, which is the radiation treatments. And who can blame him? "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."

The Beastie Boys were slated to release 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 1' this fall and abruptly had to pull out of several festival appearances due to Yauch's cancer discovery. Jay-Z stepped in this past weekend at All Points West, paying homage to the famed Brooklyn trio by opening up his set with their classic song, 'No Sleep Til Brooklyn.' Yauch saw the tribute, describing it as "good s---."