Since fighting cancer for the second time, rock star Ronnie Wood claims he has been given the all-clear by doctors.
During the coronavirus lockout, the 73-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist announced to British newspaper The Sun that he was diagnosed with small-cell carcinoma, cancer that usually affects the lungs.
Wood told the newspaper, “I’ve had cancer in two separate ways.” “In 2017, I was diagnosed with lung cancer, and more recently, I was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer, which I battled during the last lockdown.”
Small-cell cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, is a particularly malignant cancer that most frequently affects the lungs but can also affect the prostate, pancreas, bladder, and lymph nodes. It’s a more serious form of lung cancer that accounts for roughly 13% of all lung cancer cases.
Wood said, “I came through with the all-clear.”
Painting his wife Sally Humphreys, 43, and their four-year-old daughters, Gracie and Alice, helped Wood get through his recovery, according to The Sun.
He went on to say that the “self-imposed” art therapy gave him the opportunity to “express and get lost.”
The musician’s quotes were verified by a spokesperson for Woods, according to CN.
The former hellraiser thanked a “higher force” with his latest health scare’s optimistic outcome.
“I’m having a lot of issues right now,” he said, “but you have to let it go in your recovery.” “And it’s a magical thing when you hand the result over to your higher power… It has nothing to do with me what will happen. All I can do is maintain a positive attitude, be brave, and battle it, and the rest will be handled by my higher power.”
After “50 years of chain-smoking,” the father-of-six got his 2017 diagnosis during a routine check-up, he previously announced.
“After I gave up smoking a year ago, I had this feeling in the back of my mind: ‘How can I have gotten through 50 years of chain-smoking — and all the rest of my bad habits — without anything going on in there,'” he told the Daily Mail’s Event magazine at the time.
Wood opted against chemo because he was afraid of losing his whole head of hair, but he did have a five-hour operation to remove a portion of his lung. He declared himself cancer-free in 2018.
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