Soap stars flood Cameron Mathison with support after former 'All My Children' actor reveals kidney cancer diagnosis

Cameron Mathison, the Hallmark Channel host also famed for his longstanding role of Ryan Lavery on All My Children, revealed this week that he has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma. The 50-year-old actor told fans that he will undergo surgery on Thursday after a tumor was found on his right kidney, adding that doctors suspect that it may have been growing for as long as a decade.


The Home and Family host asked his social media followers to offer up “positive thoughts [and] prayers,” and the soap opera community has come through.

“Cam Cam. You know you will be on my mind the entire day,” wrote Rebecca Budig, who played his former All My Children love interest, Greenlee. “I love you so much and know Buddha is with you!”

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 05: TV Hosts Debbie Matenopoulos (L) and Cameron Mathison celebrate the 1000th "Adoption Ever After" at Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 05, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 03: Actor Boris Kodjoe (L) and TV Host Cameron Mathison (R) on the set of Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on August 03, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JULY 26: TV Hosts Debbie Matenopoulos (L) and Cameron Mathison (R) attend the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries summer 2019 TCA press tour event at a Private Residence on July 26, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JULY 26: Actor Cameron Mathison attends the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries summer 2019 TCA press tour event at a Private Residence on July 26, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JULY 26: TV Host Cameron Mathison (L) and Actress Alison Sweeney on the set of Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 26, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JULY 01: TV Host Cameron Mathison on the set of Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 01, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: (L-R) Leila Emmanuelle Mathison, Cameron Mathison, Vanessa Arevalo and Lucas Arthur Mathison on the set of Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 13, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 10: Actor / TV Host Cameron Mathison on the set of Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 10, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 05: TV Host Cameron Mathison on the set of Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 05, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 04: (L-R) Cameron Mathison, Debbie Matenopoulos, Courtney Lopez and Mario Lopez on the set of Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 04, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 21: Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison attend the 44th Annual Gracies Awards, hosted by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 21: Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos at the 44th Annual Gracies Awards, hosted by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation on May 21, 2019 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
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“You’re a beautiful soul,” wrote General Hospital star Laura Wright. “Sending you love and light my friend.”

“Sending all my Love and Prayers for perfect health and a speedy recovery,” added Eva LaRue of All My Children and The Young and the Restless fame. “Your same Inner Light that brightens every room will pull you through.”

“I’m thinking about you,” wrote General Hospital’s Maurice Benard. “I’ll say a prayer; you’re a great guy. Life always has a way of working itself out.”

“Praying for you and your family Cam,” Days of Our Lives vet Alison Sweeney posted. “You got this!! Please let me know if there’s anything we can do.”

“Praying for you brother!” Steve Burton of General Hospital wrote. “My love to you and your family. You’ve always been a fighter, no doubt this time won’t be different.”

Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Joey Lawrence also shared supportive comments.

“Sending hugs, love and support to you and your beautiful family, my friend,” wrote Samantha Harris, who worked with Mathison during his stint as aDancing with the Stars contestant in 2007.

A repeat Daytime Emmy nominee, Mathison made his All My Children debut in January 1998. He left the show in 2002, returning for another stretch from 2003 to 2011. He has also appeared in Desperate Housewives and acted in numerous Hallmark Channel rom-coms and mysteries.

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