She said, "He stayed really positive. A lot of the battle isn't physical but the mental attitude you have to fight something like this."
From the very moment that Rod Stewart and his wife, Penny Lancaster found out about his cancer, they felt like one scary moment was only followed by something even more frightening.
For a long time, the iconic singer decided not to tell the world about his battle with an "aggressive" form of prostate cancer. However, they recently decided to open up about it, encouraging people to get themselves checked when necessary before it's too late.
"It's emotional," his wife said. "We kept it quiet for two and a half years now. The positive news is we caught it early enough."
When Lancaster spoke about her husband's heartbreaking journey with the life-threatening disease, she couldn't fight back tears as she appeared on an episode of Loose Women, as reported by the Daily Mail.
It was in 2016 that the musician found out about the cancer, but a diagnosis was no match to the challenges that were about to come their way.
"We were in London. He's very up on his health. He doesn't believe in retirement, he wants to keep going forever, so he's always getting screenings and tests," Lancaster shared. "Rod had a few symptoms. It started moving quite quickly, the results, the numbers. They said we best do a rectal exam. It's the only way. A specialist has to do that. And they did find a lump. Then it was like, 'okay we can't ignore this'. We got the shock news it was cancer. We looked at the different ways of dealing with it."
Growing emotional as she spoke, Lancaster went on to talk about her husband's condition. "It was [quite aggressive]. It came on really quickly. With Rod it was an aggressive one," she said. "It left the gland and travelled to the outside tissues. So that was another scary moment where we had to have more invasive tests and scans to see if it was anywhere else secondary in his body, which was the most frightening test of all. But it hadn't gone."
The couple traveled every single day to the hospital but despite the intensive treatments and therapies, Stewart still remained positive. Lancaster shared, "He put his positive head on, along with myself. The nurses had a little room for him. He took his computer, he said this was like my day in the office."
What was difficult for them was protecting their two young children from the singer's cancer battle, while Stewart's older children from previous relationships were told about what their father was going through.
"We told the older ones. Aidan was only five or six so wasn't old enough to understand. It would be too much for them [the younger ones] to understand," Lancaster went on to say. "When daddy finally told everybody the good news, and to get the message out there for guys out there over 50 go and get the test, then we told the little ones."
Lancaster also recalled her husband's performance at a prostate cancer event where he said, "Hi everyone, thank you so much for coming and I have to just take this moment, I owe it to everyone, I'm a survivor."
What the couple hopes is that people get themselves checked at the right age; the sooner it's detected, the better the results.
Talking about the positive turn in the star's recovery, Lancaster said, "In July he got the all clear, there's no trace at all – he just wanted to give a message out to all men, especially over 50, you can actually go and request to get a PSA blood test."
As long as everything goes well, the famed musician can spend Christmas with his loved ones without taking drugs.
"Since hearing Rod's news, so many people have gone to be tested," Lancaster told Hello! "Some people have said: 'I've got it, but thanks to you I've caught it early.' When he was diagnosed he took it on the chin, carried on working, carried on touring. He stayed really positive. A lot of the battle isn't physical but the mental attitude you have to fight something like this."
When Stewart addressed the crowd at the fundraising event, he also said, as quoted by Mirror, "If you’re positive, and you work through it and you keep a smile on your face... I’ve worked for two years and I’ve just been happy, and the good Lord looked after me."