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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood feared the worst with cancer call

In this file photo dated Friday March 25, 2016, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood performs during a Rolling Stones concert in Havana, Cuba. | AP Photo/Enric Marti,

LONDON — 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, who underwent an emergency operation after being diagnosed with lung cancer, told The Daily 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.

Associated Press