Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood opens up about his lung cancer

The guitarist had a five hour operation to have the growth removed.

The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood has spoken out about the surgery he had to remove a growth in his lung.

The musician received the diagnosis back in May and underwent a five hour operation to have part of his lung removed.

He spoke exclusively to the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine, saying he prepared to “say goodbye” to his family after the diagnosis.


“There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains – time to say goodbye,” he told the mag.

“You never know what is going to happen.”

He revealed that he’d been surprised that he hadn’t fallen ill sooner after his life of hedonism.

“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?'” the guitarist said.

“So I went along to see our good old doctor, Richard Dawood, because we [Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts] all have to be checked before we go on tour, and he asked me if I wanted him to go deeper and check my heart, lungs and blood. I said, ‘Go for it.'”


Wood told the mag that he’s fine now, and will be going for regular check-ups.

He quit smoking before his twins were born in 2016 and is now sober after being in rehab eight times, and having treatment for alcoholism.

But what does bandmate Keith Richards think of his sobriety?

“He was more bothered I’d quit the fags,” Wood revealed. “I took Champix [a nicotine inhibitor] for three weeks. That stuff is heavy duty. Makes me sick even to think of it now. I just stopped wanting the ciggies.”

Wood is expected to join the band on their ‘No Filter’ European dates in September.

The Rolling Stones’ upcoming ‘No Filter’ European tour dates are below.

9 September – Hamburg, Germany: Stadtpark
12 September – Munich, Germany: Olympic Stadium
16 September – Spielberg, Austria: Spielberg at Red Bull Ring
20 September – Zurich, Switzerland: Letzigrund Stadium
23 September – Lucca, Italy: Lucca Summer Festival-City Walls
27 September – Barcelona, Spain: Olympic Stadium
30 September – Amsterdam, Holland: Amsterdam ArenA
3 October – Copenhagen, Denmark: Parken Stadium
9 October – Dusseldorf, Germany: Esprit arena
12 October – Stockholm, Sweden: Friends Arena
15 October – Arnhem, Holland: GelreDome
19 October – Paris, France: U Arena
22 October – Paris, France: U Arena