Eric Braeden, 82, 'feeling okay' as he shares recent health update amid cancer battle, doctors detect blood infection
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Eric Braeden of ‘The Young and the Restless’ fame is again back to what seems to be his favorite social media platform to give his fans an update on his health. The 82-year-old actor, who had previously revealed in late April that he was undergoing “immunotherapy” to battle the cancer-causing cells found near his bladder, shared again through another Facebook live session on May 26 that one of his infusion therapy sessions had to be postponed.
While streaming on Facebook Live, the octogenarian actor who has been playing the iconic role of Victor Newman for 43 seasons revealed that his last immunotherapy session, which included an infusion appointment, had to be postponed. He earlier revealed that the immunotherapy was required to get his immune system back on track. While he revealed in his previous video from April that he was cautioned to have “flu-like symptoms”, the ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ actor would be having six weeks off from his treatment after the successful completion of the infusion sessions.
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‘Otherwise, it’s going well’
The ‘Titanic’ actor revealed in the 6-minutes-long Facebook video that while he was scheduled to undergo the last infusion this week, things did not go according to the plan as his doctors “detected a little bit of a blood infection still.” However, he continued that the doctors weren’t very sure of the situation, “They weren’t totally sure. In the meantime, they told me to drink at least a gallon [of water] a day.”
Nevertheless, there is a silver lining as the ever-positive star said, “Otherwise, it’s going well. I can’t complain. And this side infection is a pain in the you-know-what. Anyway, it’ll go away.” He also insisted that he is “feeling okay” now. Meanwhile, he also revealed that he would be going to Spain to be with his son.
‘I don't give up easily’
Earlier in an interview that was published on May 3, Braeden, who has become quite a vocal advocate of prostate cancer, said to Entertainment Tonight, "The reason that I'm going public with this is to inform people," before adding, "... As you get older, your prostate grows and it impinges the urethra. It means you have to go to the potty a lot more than you want to. That is sometimes the beginning of some trouble."
He further continued and implored people to have regular examinations of their bodies, "I just want men to know not to be scared of that. I want them to know to have your prostate examined, have your bladder examined, have your colon examined," and added, "... Just acquaint yourself with it and be open about it, so that way you take the fear out of people... A lot of men, me included, would not want to know about it. That's nonsense."
Talking about the attitude of a sportsman that keeps him going, Braeden said, "I'm from the world of sports. I don't give up easily. I know a good attitude helps. This is manageable.” He then highlighted the importance of the attitude to never give up, "... You learn in sports to always look forward to the next time, never give up. You train harder to be better the next time... You look at this now and I said, 'All right, I'll deal with it. How do I improve as quick as I can?'"