GH's Cameron Mathison 'grateful' as he opens up two years after cancer surgery

Darcy Rafter June 15, 2022
GH's Cameron Mathison 'grateful' as he opens up two years after cancer surgery
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In 2019, Cameron Mathison announced he had been diagnosed with kidney cancer and had surgery to remove a tumour. Two years later the actor is reflecting on his journey and how far he has come…

You may know Mathison as the long-time host of Hallmark’s Home & Family but soap fans know him best as Drew from GH. We first got to know him more than 20 years ago when he was on All My Children.

By focusing on his health, fitness, diet and brain, he has bettered himself and beat cancer. In a comparison photo shared on Instagram, fans can really spot the difference and recognise Mathison’s personal growth.

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GH’s Cameron Mathison ‘grateful’ as he opens up after cancer surgery

Mathison recently shared a post on Instagram reflecting on his cancer journey and celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day. The first photo in the swipe was taken a couple of weeks after his kidney surgery in September 2019. The second photo is almost two years later to the day. The progress he has made is outstanding and Mathison wrote: “To say I’m grateful is such a colossal understatement.”

He also used the post to commemorate those who have lost their battle with cancer, noting at the end: “Miss you mom❤️.”

His mother battled brain cancer during the pandemic after she was diagnosed in January 2020. Sadly, she passed away in October 2021 and Mathison shared a series of photos of his mom in an Instagram tribute, writing: “You were the centre of our family with so much love and devotion for all of us.”

GH’s Cameron Mathison cancer journey

Cameron Mathison had renal cell carcinoma, which went undiagnosed after years of fatigue and gut problems. Two years earlier, the actor asked for an MRI, which detected a tumour on his right kidney. He knew something was wrong but what he didn’t know is the tumour had been slowly growing for an estimated eight to 12 years.

Mathison admits the diagnosis stunned him. He recalls: “I didn’t know what that meant when I got the phone call. I had no idea what kidney cancer would have meant as far as life expectancy or success. I didn’t really know if it had spread to the lymph nodes or some of the common areas.”

Thankfully, after the actor had his tumour removed, it was discovered the cancer hadn’t spread so he didn’t have to go through chemotherapy or radiation. Mathison updated fans on Instagram throughout the process.

“The good news is it hasn’t spread to any other organs,” Mathison wrote. “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 ten years.”

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Darcy is an experienced journalist working on GRV Media’s audience team across The Focus, Reality Titbit, and HITC. Darcy studied Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University and whilst there she completed a work internship with GRV Media. After gaining a first-class BA (Hons) degree, Darcy joined the team full-time. Since then she has become a social media specialist and her expertise lies in tracking trends. With five years of experience in media, she is particularly passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. When she’s not writing about The Kardashians, she’s binge-watching it!