The Hallmark Channel’s Cameron Mathison announces he’s battling kidney cancer… and set to undergo surgery
Cameron Mathison is battling kidney cancer.
The Hallmark Channel personality, 50, made the revelation on his Instagram page in a post Tuesday in which he opened up about the diagnosis and surgery he has scheduled this week.
‘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,’ the Sarnia, Canada native wrote. ‘It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer.’
The latest: The Hallmark Channel personality Cameron Mathison, 50, said he is battling kidney cancer. He made the revelation on his Instagram page in a post Tuesday in which he opened up about the surgery he has scheduled this week. He was snapped in LA in July
Mathison said that the cancer ‘hasn’t spread to any other organs’ as doctors told him that his ‘healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading’ in at least 10 years it’s been in his body.
‘I am extremely lucky that we found it early,’ said Mathison, who has been married to wife Vanessa Arevalo since 2002 and is father to children Lucas, 16, and Leila, 13, with her. He said his wife and kids ‘have been absolutely amazing with their love and support,’ as well as his parents and brother.
He thanked his longtime friend and urologist Jonathan Giddens for helping him tremendously through this process, as well as his professional contacts at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET.
Mathison said that his surgery is slated for Thursday at 1:00 p.m. PT, adding that he ‘was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with.’
Showman: The TV personality appeared at a Hallmark event in LA in July
Speaking out: The TV personality opened up about his battle on Home & Family
‘I announced this on @homeandfamilytv yesterday, and wanted to make sure I posted about it here as well,’ Mathison said. Feeling very grateful and optimistic!!’
In the segment on the cable network, Mathison opened up on the details of the laparoscopic surgery he’s slated to undergo.
‘They’re gonna go in and they’re gonna cut this thing out, hopefully leave most of my kidney intact,’ Mathison said, adding that the procedure is ‘minimally-invasive,’ and that he will not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation as part of his recovery.
‘I”m gonna go in, have this removed, and I was thinking about maybe coming back that day or the next day – come right back to work!’ joked Mathison, who also has a background as an actor, having appeared on the soap opera All My Children between the years of 1998 and 2011.