Sir Rod Stewart opens up about losing his voice to his cancer diagnosis

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Rod Stewart is bringing his iconic raspy voice to NZ next year, but he has recently appeared on UK talk show Loose Women to share about his fears of losing his voice forever after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

"I had a touch of thyroid cancer, it was over and out within 10 minutes," he said.

"I don't want to pretend I fought cancer for months and months. It was really easy to get rid of, but I did lose my voice – totally gone."

It was scary because I couldn't sing a note.

"You know, they chop right through your throat all the muscles are torn apart and they've all got memories so they have to remember again."

"So it took me a long time. I'd start off, 'Wake up Maggie..' oh, it's gone. 'Wake up Maggie I think I've got..' oh, it's gone again. It took me that long, it took me six months to get it back again."