Ronnie Wood has revealed that he secretly battled a rare and aggressive form of cancer during lockdown.
It was the second time the Rolling Stones star, 73, had battled cancer after he beat lung cancer in 2018.
The second time around he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive small-cell cancer, and he has been given the all-clear once again.
Speaking to The Sun, Ronnie said: “I’ve had cancer two different ways now.
“I had lung cancer in 2017 and I had small-cell more recently that I fought in the last lockdown.”
Small-cell cancer often arises in the lung but can also affect the prostate, pancreas, bladder or lymph nodes.
Ronnie, who is also a talented artist, credits doing paintings of his wife Sally Humphreys, 43, and their four-year-old twins Gracie and Alice with helping him get through his recovery.
He added: “I came through with the all-clear.”
When he was diagnosed with cancer for the first time he blamed it on smoking.
He admitted he’d smoke “25 to 30 cigarettes a day for 50-odd years”.
At the time he said that at one point he thought he was going to die.
Ronnie said: “There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains.”
He had a five-hour operation to have part of his lung removed before getting the all-clear in 2018.
The musician wrote about the ordeal in his 2019 documentary Somebody Up There Likes Me.
Ronnie said: “They went, ‘Your lungs now are like you’d never smoked’ and I went, ‘How is that for a get out of jail free card?'”