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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood says he's cancer-free, again, after secretly battling the disease for the second time during lockdown early in the coronavirus pandemic.
The 73-year-old rock legend revealed that he was recently diagnosed with a form of small-cell cancer, which typically affects the lungs or prostate, according to Mayo Clinic. Wood previously battled lung cancer in 2017, which resulted in part of his lung being removed during a five-hour operation.
"I’ve had cancer two different ways now," he said in an interview with Britain's The Sun Monday. "I had lung cancer… and I had small-cell more recently that I fought in the last lockdown."
USA TODAY reached out to Wood's rep for comment.
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Wood said he's received "the all-clear" from his doctors and is now cancer-free. The rocker credited his recovery to a "higher power," a core belief of Alcoholics Anonymous.
"I’m going through a lot of problems now, but throughout my recovery, you have to let it go," Wood said. "And when you hand the outcome over to your higher power, that is a magic thing."
Wood has been open about his struggle with addiction and received treatment at rehab multiple times, according to The Sun. Wood smoked up to "25 to 30 cigarettes a day for 50-odd years," according to the outlet.
"That brings you back to the Serenity Prayer: 'Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.' That’s incredible," Wood said. "What will be will be, it's nothing to do with me. All I can do is stay positive in my attitude, be strong and fight it, and the rest is up to my higher power."
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Wood has six children, including 4-year-old twin daughters Gracie Jane and Alice Rose with wife Sally Humphreys. He said his family and art served as his main inspiration to fight.
"Art therapy was self-imposed in a way, especially in lockdown. The art has got me through it — to express and get lost," he said. "I’d be painting (the twins) all the time if I could, but it’s amazing to be with them and just observe, soak it in that way."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood secretly battled cancer during pandemic