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Cameron Mathison health update: Former All My Children star diagnosed with kidney cancer

Cameron Mathison at the Hallmark TCA event
Cameron Mathison was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect.com/carrie-nelson

Cameron Mathison has been a fan-favorite in the soap world since his days on All My Children. Currently, he airs as a co-host on Hallmark’s Home and Family and appears as a correspondent and weekend co-anchor for Entertainment Tonight.

When Mathison joined All My Children in 1998 as Ryan Lavery, he was a welcomed character. His relationships with Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) and Kendall (Alicia Minshew) were some of the best storylines in the later years of the show. Ryan and Greenlee were a super couple that fans enjoyed watching, even if their relationship was on and off more times than most can count.

Throughout the years, Cameron Mathison has stayed in contact with his soap colleagues, especially the ones he worked with on All My Children. Unfortunately, on Home and Family yesterday, Mathison announced some news that no one was expecting. He revealed that he has been diagnosed with kidney cancer and would be undergoing surgery on September 12, prompting him to be taking several weeks off from the Hallmark show.

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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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On Instagram, Cameron Mathison took the time to update fans who may have missed the announcement he made yesterday. He revealed that he is currently battling Renal Cell Carcinoma and he has likely had the tumor growing in his body for over a decade. Thankfully, Mathison’s cancer only affects his kidney at this point and has not spread to any other organs.

It was detected on an MRI and Mathison will undergo surgery on Thursday. His healthy lifestyle is credited with keeping the cancer stationary and not having it spread throughout his body. Mathison asked for prayers, positive thoughts, and anything else anyone was comfortable with as his surgery takes place.

His former co-stars are other actors from the soap community have flooded his post with their kind words. Alicia Minshew commented “I love you. I am calling you ASAP. Sending you all the love and healing in this world. …🙏❤️” Also on the post was love from Michelle Stafford, Kelly Kruger, and Chrishell Hartley.

It has yet to be announced when Cameron Mathison will be returning to work following surgery later this week.


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