Rolling Stones Guitarist Ron Wood Speaks Out on Recent Cancer Scare: ‘Handle it on My Own Terms’

by Jacklyn Krol

Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is handling cancer on his own terms.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the 74-year-old spoke candidly about his recent small-cell cancer diagnosis. Back in 2017, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and he got through it. But in 2019, when he had his second fight, it was “much worse and more devious.”

“I had to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy,” he revealed. “But that was under the radar of the Covid lockdown thing.”

Along with battling cancer, he was staying in the English countryside. He spent the time on walks in forests and painting.

His family, industry co-workers, and friends were shocked by the news. He kept the whole thing under wraps even from even people he knows personally. But at the end of the day, he wanted to do this in his own way.

“I had the space to handle it on my own terms rather than it being a public thing,” he explained. “Lots of people say to me, ‘You didn’t tell me. I would have helped you.’ And I’d say, ‘I didn’t want to bother anyone. I just wanted to handle this on my own and come through it on my own.’ “

He credits his wife Sally for being “so wonderful” throughout this. Things are now looking up for the Rolling Stones guitar player.

“So I’ve got the all-clear now and that’s a big buzz,” he added. “Now hopefully we’re coming out of the lockdown, I’m coming out of my shell, I’m gradually getting a bit more strength and stuff, and I’ll be ready to tour.”

Rolling Stones and Charlie Watts’ Passing

According to reports, The Rolling Stones were forced to miss their drummer’s funeral. COVID-19 seemingly stopped the band members from attending, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Woods.

His family held a small intimate service in Devon, England. England has reinstated COVID-19 travel restrictions, making it impossible to get there in time.

Charlie Watts passed away on August 24 at age 80. He played on every single record and has become a legend in music. Despite his passing, the band will hit the road for their upcoming world tour. The band is currently in Boston where they are on rehearsals. The tour kicks off in St. Louis on September 26.