Ronnie Wood reveals lung cancer scare

Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood revealed recently in an interview with Event Magazine that a cancerous lesion was found on his lung in May and that he required a five-hour operation to have it removed.

The event put enough of a scare into Wood that he thought it could be the end.

“I’ve had a fight with a touch of lung cancer,” Wood told Event. “There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains – time to say goodbye. You never know what is going to happen.”

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Wood decided to get a check-up after he quit smoking last year a week before the birth of his twin girls. Having smoked for 50 years, Wood wasn’t surprised the doctors found something. He told doctors to get the lesion removed, but the doctors first had to go through a week of tests. It was during that time when things became uneasy.

“They needed to know if it had set up encampments and spread to my lymph nodes,” Wood said. “If that had happened it would have been all over for me.”

Everything turned out okay for Wood, which is a good thing because he wasn’t about to go through chemotherapy. Not that he had any concerns with chemotherapy in itself — he had an entirely different concern altogether.

“It’s more I wasn’t going to lose my hair,” Wood said. “This hair wasn’t going anywhere. I said, ‘No way.’ And I just kept the faith it would be all right. A week later they came back with the news that it hadn’t spread and I said, ‘Let’s get it out now.’ Just before I closed my eyes for the operation I looked at the doctor and said, ‘Let battle commence.’

“I’m OK now. But I’m going to have a check-up every three months. They caught it early. 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.”

Click here to read the full feature at The Daily Mail.

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