'All My Children' Alum Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

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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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