On Tuesday, Cameron Mathison announced he has kidney cancer.
The former All My Children star shared the news with fans on Home and Family, a show he hosts on the Hallmark Channel. He also posted the news on Instagram.
For years Mathison has led a healthy lifestyle, which he said was due to some health concerns he had over the past several years. But this summer some of those issues still hadn’t been resolved so he visited his doctor and was persistent about needing an MRI.
“He didn’t think I needed it, but obliged because I was so persistent,” Mathison said on Home and Family. “When the results came back, the doctor was right that I didn’t need it in my gut, but [it] was a miracle that they actually found a growth on one of my kidneys.”
.@cameronmathison shared an update on his health with us today. In a few days, he's going to have surgery to help him get better! We will miss Cam while he's gone, and wish him a full and speedy recovery. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/G6TZZF59vh
— Home & Family (@HomeandFamilyTV) September 9, 2019
The tumor that was discovered was consistent with renal cell carcinoma or kidney cancer. Despite his doctor believing the tumor has been growing for the past 10–15 years, there’s no evidence that the cancer has spread.
“The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs,” he wrote on Instagram.
Doctors informed Mathison that his healthy lifestyle and diet “no doubt” helped the tumor from spreading.
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I have a health situation that I want to share with you all🙏🏼 There are many reasons I love social media, staying connected with you all, sharing fun experiences… well this time I’m asking for your help. About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they found a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early. Thank you to my longtime friend and urologist @jon_giddens who has helped me tremendously through this process. Vanessa, Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼 I announced this on @homeandfamilytv yesterday, and wanted to make sure I posted about it here as well. Feeling very grateful and optimistic!! 💪🏼🙏🏼❤️ #thankyou yes
In his post he thanked his family for their support and asked for support from fans on September 12 as he undergoes laparoscopic surgery. The surgery, which is minimally invasive, will be done instead of chemotherapy or radiation.
“Vanessa, Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET,” he wrote. “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!!”
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