Canadian-American actor and talk show host Cameron Mathison has asked fans to send thoughts and prayers after revealing he is battling kidney cancer.
The former “All My Children” star and Hallmark Channel host took to social media to update his followers on his status concerning the potentially deadly disease.
The 50-year-old star wrote on Twitter, “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,” Mathison wrote.
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.
— cameron mathison (@CameronMathison) September 10, 2019
Mathison continued on Instagram, saying: “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,” he continued. “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.”
Mathison thanked his doctor, his family, and colleagues, adding that he’s looking forward to a positive outcome.
“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 1 p.m. PST),” he wrote. “I announced this on @homeandfamilytv yesterday, and wanted to make sure I posted about it here as well. Feeling very grateful and optimistic!!”
According to the Mayo Clinic, renal cell cancer is the most common type of kidney cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute, people who are diagnosed with renal cell cancer may experience loss of appetite, weight loss and anemia, have back or side pain, and show signs of blood in the urine.