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"young and restless" Star Eric Brayden has announced a cancer diagnosis

Eric Braeden, the actor best known for his role as Victor Newman on “The Young and the Restless,” was recently diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Brayden announced the diagnosis in a video posted to Facebook on Friday.

The actor, 82, said he was receiving immunotherapy for low-grade and high-grade cancer cells found near his bladder. Doctors discovered the cells while treating symptoms of a prostate problem that began months earlier, while Brayden was recovering from knee replacement surgery, she explained.

“I hate to get this personal, but I think it might be good for some of the older guys who may or may not hear it,” Brayden said.

He told watching fans that doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles were able to remove the cancer while performing urolift surgery, which relieves pressure in the urethra.

Brayden said the results of a subsequent biopsy revealed some high-grade cancer cells found near the bladder, and he added that he is currently undergoing immunotherapy treatment. When he recorded Friday’s video, Brayden had recently received the second of six scheduled immunotherapy treatments.

Soap Milestone

Actors and actresses pose for a photo during the day, Feb. 1, 2005, in Los Angeles. Eric Braden (second from right), who plays Victor Newman on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” was on hand to help the show celebrate its 25th anniversary. From left are Dawn Diamonte, Eileen Davidson, Melody Thomas Scott, Braydan and Jean Cooper.


The actor said he is still able to exercise and will continue filming “The Young and the Restless.” Brayden has starred as Victor on the CBS daytime soap opera since 1980. The show is now in its 50th season.

“I’ve learned to listen to my body more now, and not go all out,” Brayden said. “So if you saw me a little under the weather, yeah, I was, but I’m gonna lick it. This bastard won’t get me, I’m gonna get it.”

Brayden, who filmed thousands of episodes of “The Young and the Restless” during his decades-long run on the soap and who won a Daytime Emmy for lead actor in a drama series in 1998, ended his Facebook video by thanking fans for their support.

“I’m still happy to be working. That’s what I enjoy,” he said. “It confuses me, I love acting, I know how to entertain people. I love your support – it means a lot.”

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