Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stone’s guitarist has spoken out about the surgery he underwent to remove a growth in his lung. This celebrated guitarist revealed that he was diagnosed with lung cancer in May this year saying he was prepared to bid farewell to his family.
As all the band members have to be checked before going on a tour,Wood went for a routine health check. His doctor asked if he could also check his heart, lungs and blood – and discovered what Wood describes as “a supernova burning away on my left lung … He asked me what I wanted to do and my answer was simple: ‘Just get it out of me.’’. He had to undergo a five hours long operation to remove part of his lung. Fortunately, the cancer hadn’t spread to his lymph nodes meaning he is healthy now.
In a conversation with the Mail on Sunday he told that he hadn’t considered chemotherapy – but not because he didn’t think it would work. “It’s more I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere. I said, ‘No way.’ And I just kept the faith it would be all right.” He had to wait for a week before receiving his test results: “There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains, time to say goodbye.”
Wood- a chain smoker for 50 long years ,quit in 2016 before the birth of his twin daughter. He wonders how he hadn’t fallen ill so long with all his bad habits-“I had this thought at the back of my mind after I gave up smoking a year ago: ‘How can I have got through 50 years of chain-smoking – and all the rest of my bad habits – without something going on in there?’
Wood warned: “People have to get checked. Seriously have to get checked. I was bloody lucky but then I’ve always had a very strong guardian angel looking out for me. By rights I shouldn’t be here.”
He wrote on Twitter he was: “feeling great and ready to see you on the road next month.”
The Rolling Stones are expected to join the band on their ‘No Filter’ European dates in September.