The former Rolling Stones bassist announced in March (16) he was undergoing treatment to tackle the disease, and it had been caught early so he was expected to make a full recovery.

The 79-year-old stepped out in public for the first time since his diagnosis to join his former bandmates at the opening of their Exhibitionism collection in London on Monday (04Apr16) and told reporters he was starting a six-month course of medication and is feeling positive about the outcome.

“I’m just starting medication," he told Mirror.co.uk. "It’s about a six month job. But they think it’s very easy and that I’m going to get through it all right.”

“I’m okay. I always did look good for my age. That was in my genes, as in you can see in these beautiful ladies. They are great," he added about his daughters Matilda, Jessica and Katherine, who joined him at the exhibition alongside his wife Suzanne.

Bill, who left the Rolling Stones in 1993, married the model that same year (93). He also has a son Stephen from his first marriage to Diane, who he split from in 1967.