Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood reveals he had secret second battle with cancer

Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood has revealed that he secretly fought a second battle with cancer during coronavirus lockdown.

The 73-year-old guitarist — who thought he would die from lung cancer in 2017 — told The Sun how he was diagnosed with rare and aggressive small-cell cancer last year.

“I’ve had cancer two different ways now,” the once hard-living rock star told the UK paper.

“I came through with the all-clear,” he said, without elaborating on his treatment.

Small-cell cancer commonly arises in the lung but can affect areas such as the prostate, pancreas, bladder or lymph nodes, The Sun noted.

It is commonly linked to smoking, a habit Wood previously admitted left him puffing “25 to 30 cigarettes a day for 50-odd years” before quitting the habit in 2016.

Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally Humphreys attend The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England.
Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally Humphreys attend The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England.
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Wood — who has been to rehab eight times — credited his belief in a “higher power” and the serenity Prayer, both core teachings used in Alcoholics Anonymous, for helping him get through it.

Ronnie Wood revealed he had aggressive small-cell cancer last year -- after fighting lung cancer in 2017.
Ronnie Wood revealed he had aggressive small-cell cancer last year — after fighting lung cancer in 2017.
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“I’m going through a lot of problems now, but throughout my recovery, you have to let it go. And when you hand the outcome over to your higher power, that is a magic thing,” he told the UK paper.

“What will be will be, it’s nothing to do with me,” the now-sober rocker said.

Ronnie Wood seen with his family n Berkhamsted, England on Aug. 11, 2020.
Ronnie Wood seen with his family n Berkhamsted, England on Aug. 11, 2020.
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“All I can do is stay positive in my attitude, be strong and fight it, and the rest is up to my higher power.”

Ronnie Wood rocking out with Mick Jagger on stage on August 21, 1976.
Ronnie Wood rocking out with Mick Jagger on stage on August 21, 1976.
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Wood — dad to four-year-old twins Gracie and Alice — also praised the meditative power of his love for painting.

Ronnie Wood seen in a photo from his early days with the rolling Stones in 1976.
Ronnie Wood seen in a photo from his early days with the rolling Stones in 1976.
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“Art therapy was self-imposed in a way, especially in lockdown. The art has got me through it — to express and get lost,” he said.

Ronnie Wood used art therapy to help him through lockdown.
Ronnie Wood used art therapy to help him through lockdown.
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Still, he insisted that he and the rest of the Stones are “ready to go” once they can start playing shows again after pandemic restrictions are lifted

Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood attend the World Premiere of "Somebody Up There Likes Me" during the 63rd BFI London Film Festival at BFI Southbank on October 12, 2019 in London, England.
Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood attend the World Premiere of “Somebody Up There Likes Me” during the 63rd BFI London Film Festival at BFI Southbank on October 12, 2019 in London, England.
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“The music is still throbbing away,” he told the UK paper.