'All My Children' Alum Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis
By Paris Close
September 11, 2019
All My Children alum Cameron Mathison is battling cancer.
The Hallmark Channel host broke the news of his health situation on Instagram Tuesday (September 10), recalling how doctors found a tumor on his right kidney during an MRI procedure he recently underwent for "gut issues" a month ago. The growth was consistent with renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer that begins in the lining of small tubes in the kidney.
Luckily, Mathison's diet and lifestyle appears to have mitigated the seriousness of the prognosis.
“The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs," he revealed in the post's caption, along with an image of his family of four. "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.”
While his wife Vanessa, and their two children, Leila, 13, and Lucas, 16, await his surgery scheduled for Thursday (September 12), Mathison, who feels "very grateful and optimistic," has also made a special request to receive "positive thoughts, prayers," and words of encouragement from followers ahead of his operation.
And, sure enough, friends and co-stars showered Mathison with messages of love and support. “Absolutely praying for you Cameron, and over the doctors and nurses during your surgery as well as your family 🙏🏼” wrote Candace Cameron Bure, as his former All My Children co-star Lacey Chabert added: "Lifting you up in prayer! All my love to you and your family ❤️"
Wishing you a successful surgery, Cameron!
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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
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