LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

Neil Cavuto Beat Stage 4 Cancer, Was Diagnosed With MS, And Had Triple Bypass Surgery, But He Rebounded Every Time And Keeps Working

Date August 31, 2018 17:13

Neil Cavuto has been with Fox News for over two decades. He hosts Your World with Neil Cavuto, Cavuto Live on Fox News, and Cavuto: Coast to Coast on Fox Business Network. That amounts to 17 hours on air every week!

Looking at his crazy schedule, who would think that this man survived stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and underwent an open-heart surgery? The star anchor has had more than his fair share of health problems, but they couldn’t take him down.

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Cavuto was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the late 1980s. The disease had already progressed to stage 4, and the doctors’ prognosis was uncertain, but Cavuto beat the cancer.

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The anchor’s health struggles didn’t end there. In August 1997, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 38. When Cavuto first heard the news, he couldn’t believe it. First, stage 4 cancer, and now this? He told NIH Medline Plus:

I was first diagnosed in August 1997, at the Morristown Neurology Center, or so it was called at the time. But I simply refused to accept that diagnosis. It sounded too incredible, and seeing as I had cancer just years prior, none of it made sense, and all of it seemed a bit overwhelming.

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He went to several other facilities, all of which confirmed his diagnosis. Cavuto has been living with MS for more than two decades, and his symptoms tend to come and go. It’s hard to predict when his voice, legs, or eyesight give out next time, but the hard-working anchor keeps fighting. In the interview with NIH Medline Plus, he told about his symptoms:

They do tend to come and go, but more constant reminders of this illness are those very familiar to most MS patients — tingling nerves, particularly in the fingers, hands, and toes and feet. And fatigue is a huge issue. Juggling that and understanding my body's limitations has been my hardest fight. A little less common but just as annoying, if not more so when they pop up, are issues with my throat and larynx. When the nerve passages tend to tighten up, my voice can often sound hoarse. My walking can get compromised, as well, often limping and needing a cane. And on some days, being unable to walk at all. Blessedly, those days are rare. But I can feel them coming on, and I try to just be attuned to my body when they are.

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Cavuto admits dealing with MS is even harder than dealing with cancer. With stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma, there are only two possible outcomes. But with MS, you don’t know what to expect and when to expect it. In an interview with TVNewser, Cavuto said:

I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say my disease is a constant reminder of the fragility of my life. Having had cancer right before my MS diagnosis, I can honestly say MS is worse. There’s no endgame here, no cure here, no concoction of chemotherapy, or radiation that could make it all go away here. So I take steroids, and weekly injections, and I exercise my legs a great deal. A big and common fear with this disease is that eventually you lose use of your legs. In fact, my neurologist is surprised I haven’t already. He also says, given my scans and MRI’s, I shouldn’t be talking either, but most viewers know I still can’t shut up, so go figure.

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As if having survived stage 4 cancer and living with MS wasn’t enough, Cavuto was hit with another health crisis in 2016. During what seemed to be a regular check-up, a stress test revealed a problem in his heart. People reported that Cavuto underwent triple bypass surgery, and it seems he recovered well.

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Despite all of these health issues life has thrown at him, Cavuto keeps working. Since his MS diagnosis, he’s been involved with MS charities to raise awareness about this condition. Although going through bouts of MS symptoms isn’t easy, his wife, three children, and his understanding colleagues always help Cavuto get through it.

Not only is this man a great professional, he is also incredibly resilient! And that deserves admiration.

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