Ronnie Wood Speaks About His Lung Cancer Battle: ‘It Could Have Been Curtains’

Back in May, we learned that Ron Wood had a piece of his lung removed after a cancerous lesion was discovered. In a new interview, the Rolling Stones guitarist reveals that, although the cancer was detected early and he requires no further treatment, he was nonetheless worried that he might not have survived.

“There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains – time to say goodbye,” he told Event. “You never know what is going to happen.”

The lesion was discovered during a mandatory physical in preparation for the Stones’ European tour, which begins next month. What followed was “a week of tests. They needed to know if it had set up encampments and spread to my lymph nodes. If that had happened it would have been all over for me. … I was prepared for bad news but I also had faith it would be OK. Apart from the doctors, we didn’t tell anyone because we didn’t want to put anyone else though the hell we were going through. But I made up my mind that if it had spread I wasn’t going to go through chemo, I wasn’t going to use that bayonet in my body.”

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Ronnie Wood Speaks About His Lung Cancer Battle: ‘It Could Have Been Curtains’

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