Ronnie Wood reveals all-clear after second cancer diagnosis in lockdown

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Ronnie Wood poses for a portrait after a Q&A session at the launch party for the
Ronnie Wood poses for a portrait after a Q&A session at the launch party for the "Confessing The Blues" album, curated by The Rolling Stones, at The Blues Kitchen on October 30, 2018 in Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns)

Ronnie Wood has shared that he was diagnosed with cancer for a second time during lockdown.

The Rolling Stones guitarist has since been given the all-clear after a battle with small-cell cancer. 

The 73-year-old told The Sun: “I’ve had cancer two different ways now.

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“I had lung cancer in 2017 and I had small-cell more recently that I fought in the last lockdown.”

Wood said he left the outcome to a “higher power”, a concept espoused by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform onstage at Hard Rock Stadium on August 30, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform onstage at Hard Rock Stadium on August 30, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

The musician went on: “All I can do is stay positive in my attitude, be strong and fight it, and the rest is up to my higher power.

“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.”

Wood revealed in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, with him subsequently undergoing surgery to remove the growth. 

He said at the time that he had decided not to have chemotherapy if it was discovered that the cancer had spread as he didn't want to experience hair loss. 

Ronnie Wood and Sally Wood with twins Gracie Jane and Alice Rose attend the opening party of Skate  at Somerset House on November 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Fortnum & Mason)
Ronnie Wood and Sally Wood with twins Gracie Jane and Alice Rose attend the opening party of Skate at Somerset House on November 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Fortnum & Mason)

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

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He'd given up smoking prior to the birth of the twin daughters he shares with wife Sally Humphreys, Gracie Jane and Alice Rose, who are now four-years-old. 

The rocker also has son Jesse from his first marriage to the late Krissy Wood, daughter Leah and Son Tyrone with second wife Jo Wood, while he also adopted her son from a previous relationship, Jamie.

With additional reporting by PA.

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