Rolling Stones guitarist feared the worst with cancer call

Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones poses for a portrait on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in New York. Now people can visit the Rolling Stones’ 1962 apartment. Wood, who joined the group in 1975, said he enjoyed seeing the “little motifs” throughout the exhibit of the apartment, and added that one of his favorite memories was joining the band for his first public performance – on his birthday. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

LONDON (AP) — Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed that he feared the worst after being diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.

The 70-year-old guitarist says he thought it might be “time to say goodbye,” after a doctor performing routine tests offered the news that he “had this supernova burning away on my left lung.” The musician says he just told the doctor to get it out of him.

Wood told The Mail on Sunday that he had decided not to have chemotherapy if results turned out to be bad. He says he decided, “I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere.”

He thanked doctors in May for treating a small lesion in his lung and will undergo checks every three months.

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