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
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.
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!!”
Please say a prayer or offer positive thoughts to Cameron Mathison as he prepares for his surgery on September 12.