“Home and Family” host Cameron Mathison attended the American Humane Hero Dog Awards with his wife Vanessa over the weekend, where he gave “Extra” an update on his health.
Mathison was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and recently had surgery.
He told us, “I’m feeling really, really well. It’s three weeks out of surgery and I honestly didn’t even think I would be feeling up to coming here. The recovery has been great, the surgery went really well, the prognosis is very optimistic.”
Sharing his journey, he continued, “They removed the tumor on my right kidney and in doing so they removed part of the kidney itself and left the majority of it, and when they did the pathology report and they checked the margins around the tumor, all of that was free and clear of cancer and that led them to believe that all the cancer was out and gone. The cancer has not spread… so I am cancer free.”
Cameron also insisted on the importance of being your own health advocate, after finding out the tumor on his kidney had been growing for eight to 10 years. He went through several tests and doctors before finally getting an MRI. “I’ll get goosebumps,” he said. “I get teary talking about it, but Vanessa’s dad passed away from cancer… I would hear that maybe at that time he wasn’t as much of an advocate for his own health.” Vanessa added, “He wasn’t proactive.”
Mathison went on, “That helped me, kind of motivated me to stay on top of it. I knew my energy was low, I knew these tests didn’t make sense… I knew something was up. Really listen to your body, be an advocate.”