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Ronnie Wood: Rolling Stones guitarist given all clear after second cancer battle

Written by on 26 April 2021

Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood has overcome cancer for the second time, he has revealed.

The guitarist, 73, was diagnosed with small-cell cancer during lockdown, but has since been given the all clear.

He told The Sun it was his second fight against the illness, after beating lung cancer back in 2017.

FILE - Mick Jagger, center, Keith Richards, right, and Ronnie Wood, left, of the Rolling Stones perform during the Image: Wood (left) on stage with The Rolling Stones. Pic: AP

The father to four-year-old twins explained that he has handed the outcome to a “higher power”, a philosophy backed by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

“All I can do is stay positive in my attitude, be strong and fight it,” he said, adding: “I’m going through a lot of problems now, but throughout my recovery, you have to let it go.”

Following his 2017 diagnosis, Wood had prepared himself to “say goodbye” to his wife Sally Humphreys and little girls Gracie Jane and Alice Rose.

The cancer was detected during routine tests.

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Wood was asked if he would like to “go deeper” and have his lungs and heart checked.

The doctor revealed that there was a “supernova burning away” on Wood’s left lung.

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The rock star said he was “not surprised” by the news and told his doctor: “Just get it out of me.”

The diagnosis led to a week of tests.

Fortunately, the cancer had not spread to his lymph nodes, as Wood says “it would have been all over” for him if it had migrated.

The musician added that he decided he would only undergo chemotherapy if the news was bad.

“It’s more I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere,” he said.

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