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Y&R Icon Eric Braeden Shares Cancer Diagnosis in Emotional Video to Help Others and to ‘Thank’ Fans

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The Young and the Restless’ series star, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) took to Facebook Live late yesterday to address his fans and followers with an update on his health.

Eric, who recently had been recovering from knee replacement surgery, revealed that during this time he also began to have problems with his prostate.

He began to explain the difficulties he was having urinating, and the journey he went through to get diagnosed, and shared, “I hate to be so personal, but I think this may be good for some older guys who may, or may not, listen to this,” adding, “It’ll happen to them.”

In part of Braeden’s message, he even shared how one of the urologists distracted him while inserting a catheter, who admitted he learned English while watching Y&R and realized Braeden was thee ‘Victor Newman’.

The Daytime Emmy-winning actor then found out he had bladder cancer. Eric expressed during his Facebook Live: “Needless to say, I was taken aback, but I was determined to deal with it.”  Next, Braeden had a surgical procedure to remove the cancer, but a biopsy revealed he had both high-grade and low-grade cancer cells.

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At this time, Eric shared he will be continuing treatment for the high-grade cancer cells with a 6-week immunotherapy treatment plan which includes weekly infusions. The Y&R vet has already completed two rounds.  The side effects, according to Braeden, have been flu-like symptoms.

Near the end of the video message, it just pulls at your heartstrings, when Braeden becomes emotional and thanks his fans and everyone for their support, while sharing that he is going to beat cancer.

Eric expressed: “I’m gonna get it. And I’ll be in top form again soon.”  He punctuated his sentiments overcome with emotion, stating: “I still am happy to be able to go work … it distracts me. I love acting. I love knowing that I entertain people. And, yeah, I love your support. It means a lot.”

Watch Eric explain the medical procedures, intervention and help he needed and received, as he found out he was battling cancer and his passionate final thoughts in the video message below.

Please share your well-wishes and support to Eric, as he continues to complete his treatments to beat cancer in the comment section.

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Wishing him all the best and the same for his family and care-givers.

I had breast cancer 8 years ago..I’m 8 years clean I decided to opt for a bilateral mastectomy because I like my mother had lumps diagnosed since I was 22 and I knew one day it would be cancer I am now 72 and would have had a musher harder time with surgery so I’m glad I did it then ..they thought I only had A typical cells no cancer and were encouraging me to wait but I knew in my heart it was cancer so I did it and pathology report showed cancer on both sides contained in the milk ducts ..after40 years of fear and biopsies I’m done…and I have every belief Eric Braeden that you will too I will be keeping you in prayer until I hear you have beaten this hideous disease just know prayers truly work I’m someone who has been saved from cancer and covid 19…all my love and prayers for you and your family ❤️❤️❤️

Prayers sent for speedy recovery ❤️ He is very courageous, Cancer is very scary. Love ❤️ him.

I love your determination. You will beat it and we will continue to see your improvement. Prayers each day for a speedy recovery.

Eric, I watched your video where you spoke of your cancer diagnosis. You are truly inspirational and a kind and wonderful man. I know you will definitely beat this.

My husband has been undergoing chemo for lung cancer. It has been rough watching him and all the changes his disease causes to his body and stamina.

Keep on fighting, which I know you will, because you are a warrior and cancer is no match for you. Sending you best wishes for a fast recovery. ❤️ ❤️

Early detection is everything I’m not sure what stage he is in but hopefully they caught it early

Eric, I am such a huge fan of yours and have been since your first episode on Y&R, as well as other shows you have starred in. Having the positive attitude you do will make such a huge difference emotionally and physically! I want you to know I am praying for you and I know our God is so much bigger than your cancer! I’m praying for your complete healing as well as giving you all the physical and emotional strength you need. You are loved. God Bless!

Thank you for being real Eric, you are a true inspiration!!

Eric you are a very strong man and you will lick this. I lost my Sister to Bladder Cancer almost 30 years ago and wish they would have all of this advanced medicine back then. She went thru so much with Chemo and Radiation and I hope this treatment you are getting takes care of the problem.
I Love you as Victor on Y&R. I have watched since day one.
Prayers for you and your family during all of your treatments!

Praying for a speedy recovery.
We found out back in October that my dad has bladder cancer with a 35% survival. He had 2 surgeries to remove it but still some on the wall so he did 7 weeks of radiation. That ended back in January. We just found out it is now in his lungs and in the bone. He is fighting it too every step of the way. So taking care of my dad, I know what your going through.
Speedy recovery and God be with you.

Wishing Eric a speedy recovery.

Get well soon Mr Braeden.

Praying for you god bless you

I had prostate cancer two years ago. I chose to have the surgery, to have it removed. Getting the diagnosis was bad enough, but dealing with the healing/recuperation was worse. But, you do get through it. For me, it was through faith and the love of friends and family. Sending blessings to Mr. Braeden and his family.

Any time you are seriously sick or ill it leaves you vulnerable. I am hoping and praying for your full recovery. You are so loved.

Victor I send many prayers for you..I love you …get well soon Lori Russo

Eric, As I was growing up my Grandma watched and loved you. My mom watched and loved you. I have watched and loved you. Loved seeing you in Titanic and have gone back and watched some of your other non soap roles. I adore you. My Dad has prostate cancer and he just completed a round of radiation. He also has dementia and is blind. I fear everyday that I’m losing him. He’s my hero and so are you. You are forever in my heart and prayer. Please take care of yourself and please kick cancers butt. Unfortunately, dementia is going to take my dad, weather or not he beat his cancer. I just pray to God we have you to entertain us for a long long time! Love you and your family. Suzy

Eric IS Y&R and I’ve loved him for years! I wish him well and hope he is him own self soon. One thing I will say, one day Eric will be gone and there is no other actor in the world who can be Victor Newman BUT, Y&R made a mistake not recasting Katherine Chancelor when she passed and the show has an eternally hole in it. Yes, there is only one Jeanne Cooper to but you have to try to find an actor that is acceptable. The show must be on.

Thank you Eric for informing your viewers of what’s going on in your personal life. I pray you continue to be strong and beat this cancer. I love myself some Victor Newman. Therefore, I’m not ready to see you leave Y&R.

Eric, You Got This!! in my family I’ve had someone sick with the same exact thing as Yourself same low-grade and high-grade since 2003 same thing they got some but they couldn’t get all he went through treatments and I’m happy to say that He is still here with Us today and it’s 2023. I’ve been sick my whole life I also wear leg bags and had to get my bladder lifted but I’m a young lady but I’m also here to talk about it what I did wanna share with you is definitely listen to your body because only you know what the best that’s what got me through all the years of being sick. I was able to tell the doctors things that they didn’t even think of or come up with and take it easy one day at a time, and before you know it you’ll be right where you want to be again, but it’s not about Me. This is about “You”
So Please Eric You were born to act you don’t even have to try you are the best I turn on my TV every day just to watch You!!! Gosh I wish I knew you I wish I could talk to you, but in the meantime, kick some butt feel good don’t let this get the best of you and please come back to work real soon knowing what you’re going through and you’re home, relaxing trying to get through it it’s not the same when you turn the TV on in your watching even though you’re still there, because you taped some episodes before you left and I have some that I have saved on my DVR what I’m saying is you just feel great and you get back out there real soon my prayers and all of the virtual hugs in the world I’m sending your way for yourself and your family Have A Nice Day Eric❤️

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Kelly Monaco Celebrates 20 Years on GH and Sam’s Evolution: “All the Pieces Don’t Fit Perfectly Yet, But It’s Certainly Not Broken Anymore!”

Sunday, October 1st will mark the 20th anniversary of Kelly Monaco’s debut on General Hospital as Sam McCall.  And as the story goes, when Kelly finished her run on Port Charles as Livvie Locke (2000-2003), and the show had been canceled, the three major networks were all interested in her to join their soaps.

In the end, GH won out and fans of the ABC daytime drama series have been the lucky ones to have Monaco join the A-list cast of the iconic soap. Throughout Sam’s journey in Port Charles, viewers have seen quite the character growth. Sam started on the show as a con and hustler, and bloomed into a bonafide heroine and a private investigator.

Kelly shared with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue, how she viewed the Sam of old, to the Sam of today: “Sam came on to the canvas only having herself and her brother, always taking care of someone, and never being taken care of.  I think the biggest evolution for her is starting from being a really lonely, scared woman and becoming a woman who is still really independent, but is protected by family and friends and love and relationships and loyalty, and she never had that before.”

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In a very poetic way, Monaco added on her character’s development: “She came in bent and broken, and I feel like there’s a lot of her that’s still broken, but she’s constantly sort of putting the Rubik’s Cube together. All the pieces don’t fit perfectly, yet, but it’s certainly not broken anymore.”

Throughout Sam’s two decades in Port Charles she has been in love, suffered terrible lost, found family members, had children, and has been involved in some of the most dangerous and criminal cases involving many a villain as she tried to help bring them to justice.

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Currently, Sam is involved in a romance with Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna).  Viewers wonder if Lulu ever wakes up out of her coma, would that spell trouble for their relationship, and in turn, give Kelly some great meaty story to work with?

Now, in the comment section below, share your congrats to Kelly for her 20-year-run on GH. Then let us know, what has been your favorite Sam story over the years?

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General Hospital’s Roger Howarth Featured in Film ‘What Doesn’t Float’ Hits Theatres

General Hospital and daytime drama favorite, Roger Howarth (Austin), can now also be seen in the independent feature film, What Doesn’t Float, currently premiering in limited release in New York City this weekend, and then on to Los Angeles next on October 6th.

On Howarth’s Instagram account, the talented actor shared some photos from opening night of the film with his co-stars and said: “What Doesn’t Float has conquered lower manhattan!! Thanks to these amazing creatives. Next is Los Angeles! They are beautiful talents and cool sweet people.”

What Doesn’t Float is dark comedy and anthology that follows seven stories in one city. In it, a group of characters, New Yorkers, are at their wits end. When the dailiness of urban life is suspended by unforeseen conflict, each character must make a decision. While the outcomes vary, a unified sense of the city emerges: New York becomes a mirror to the ego reflecting our true character, while the rest sinks to the bottom.

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Howarth takes on the role known as “Paddle Boarder.” Along with Roger, the film stars: Pauline Chalamet, Cindy De La Cruz, Joel Nagle, Larry Fessenden, Declan Eells, Joseph Longo, Chanel & Dior Umoh, Keith Poulson, Lily Sondik, Amir Royale, and Alexra Templer.

What Doesn’t Float comes from the Creative Collective and Gummy Films: Executive Producers David Tedeschi, Bernadette & Michael Fitzgerald, produced by Rachel Walden & Pauline Chalamet, written by Shauna Fitzgerald, directed and edited by Luca Balser.

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For more on screenings in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and more click here.  But have no fear, if you can’t catch a showing you can pre-order a DVD copy here.

Check out the trailer below featuring Howarth, and then let us know if you will catch a screening in an upcoming city or get the DVD, for a chance to see Roger in another intriguing role in his ever-growing list of TV and film credits, via the comment section.

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Anne Heche in Her Final TV Performance to Air on ‘All Rise’

It is hard to believe that now one year later, television fans will see the final performance of Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World).  The talented actress passed away from injuries sustained in a car crash back on August 5th, 2022.

Heche was officially declared ‘brain dead’ on August 12th, when her reps shared that Anne was “peacefully taken off life support.”  Before she passed, Anne taped what would be her final TV acting appearance in her recurring role on the legal drama, All Rise.

The series formerly with CBS and now airing on OWN, will air Heche’s last performance this Saturday, September 30th at 9pm ET/8 pm CT.  On All Rise, Heche plays lawyer Corrine Cuthbert.  Since season 2, Heche has taken on the recurring role. She appeared in six episodes.

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In story, Corrine has had a fraught professional relationship with Judge Lola Carmichael played by Simone Missick.  For her final appearance, Heche’s Corrine shows up as part of a trial case.

All Rise dedicated the episode to Heche. As the hour comes to its conclusion, they express: “In Memory of Anne Heche, Our Friend and Wonderful Artist. You Are Missed.”

After this, Heche will star posthumously in the independent movie feature Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, slated for release in November.

Will you be watching Anne’s final television performance on All Rise? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first, check out a teaser for the episode which also features former Y&R star, Wilson Bethel who stars on the legal drama as Mark Callan.

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