'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star Beth Chapman rushed to surgery after throat cancer returns
Beth, wife of Duane 'Dog' Chapman was first diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer that was successfully cured, but the cancer has now returned.
'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star Beth Chapman's throat cancer has relapsed and she was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday morning with a cancerous mass in her throat. Fox News reports that according to Chapman's family attorney, Andrew Brettler, when surgeons operated on Beth's mass they found out that her cancer had returned, friends and family who were present at the hospital were informed. In a statement, Brettler said, "I can confirm that she was hospitalized today, had surgery to remove a mass in her throat, which was determined to be cancerous. I understand that the situation is very serious. We are all concerned for her and the well-being of her family." Overnight, Beth, 51, began to have troubles breathing which is when she was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In the morning, doctors identified the blockage in her throat.
Beth was first diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer last year and she expressed how shocked she was about her diagnosis in a letter she wrote to her friends. She said, "I've been dealt my share of unexpected blows over the course of my almost fifty years but nothing as serious as the one I heard from my doctors two weeks ago when they uttered those dreaded three words, 'You have cancer.'" In the letter, she revealed how her cancer was detected, "After months of a nagging cough, a routine checkup resulted in a diagnosis of stage II throat cancer. I have what is referred to as a T2 Tumor in my throat that is blocking my breathing. My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses."
People reports that after her first diagnosis, Beth underwent a surgery to remove the tumor for her throat but the recovery was extremely difficult for her. Dog, 65, her husband spoke about how his wife would overcome this, "She’s very tough, and she can beat this.” The couple went on to document Beth's fight against cancer in an A&E special titled Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives. In November 2017, he shared the news that his wife was cancer free, two months after her initial diagnosis. Dog also spoke about how faith has helped both him and his wife survive through this difficult time, "Faith is probably the number one thing in our lives, no matter what we’re faced with... Through this cancer episode, we had to drum up as much faith as we could. And the bible talks about having faith as small as a mustard seed. And that’s not much… And I thank God that we had at least that much faith to get her through that."