Eric Braeden, the legendary actor known for his role as Victor Newman in CBS’ “Young & the Restless,” recently disclosed to his fans in a video on Facebook that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
Despite the diagnosis, Braeden remains dedicated to his craft and continues to work on the popular soap opera, which he has starred in since 1980.
Braeden’s health concerns began with issues related to his bladder and urination that worsened while he was recovering from a recent knee replacement surgery.
His doctor at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles diagnosed him with cancer after he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his urethra, during which they removed the cancer.
Biopsy results revealed that there were still high-grade cancer cells present, and Braeden is currently undergoing immunotherapy.
While the timeline is unclear, he recently underwent his second of six planned immunotherapy treatments.
In his video message to fans, Braeden expressed his desire to be transparent about his diagnosis, saying that it might be helpful for other men who may be going through similar experiences.
He acknowledged that he has had to learn to listen to his body more and modify his workout routine. Despite the challenges, Braeden remains optimistic and determined to beat cancer.
“This bastard ain’t going to get me, I’m going to get it,” he declared.
Braeden also spoke about his love for acting and the support of his fans, becoming emotional as he expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to entertain people.
He has played Victor Newman for over 43 seasons and nearly 4,000 episodes, making him a beloved figure in the soap opera world.
Despite his health struggles, Braeden’s passion for his work and appreciation for his fans remain undiminished. His courage and resilience serve as an inspiration to others who may be facing their own health challenges.