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Double Dare's Marc Summers Reveals 5 Year Battle with Cancer

Double Dare's Marc Summers Reveals 5 Year Battle with Cancer

Marc Summers, who many remember as the host of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, What Would You Do, and more, just revealed he had a scary five year battle with cancer.

While on the radio show Preston and Steve, the 63-year-old television host described his ordeal with leukemia.

“I’ve been sort of keeping something secret for the last five years, and I guess I’m ready to talk about it now, and that is: I was diagnosed with cancer five years ago,” he said. “You know, in show business, if you talk about that stuff, it’s hard to get hired afterward…And I’ve sort of compressed this thing and it’s made me nuts.”

“It’s a fact that I was diagnosed with something called chronic lymphocytic leukemia,” Marc explained. “I was having stomach problems and in severe pain, went to a hospital, and they took 17 and a half inches of my small intestine out.”

“When I woke up, I said — because I’m a stand-up comic, just trying to make light of the situation — ‘Hey doctor, do I have cancer?’ And he said, ‘As a matter of fact, you do.’ And that sort of freaked me out. And he said, ‘You need to get to an oncologist right away.’ Well, man, those are the words I don’t wish on anybody,” Marc continued.

He then had another scary encounter where a doctor gave him only six months to live – but he was mistaken. “I’m not covering it up anymore,” Marc said. “I had it, I’m in remission…and I’m ready to move on.”

Marc Summers Reveals 5 Year Leukemia Battle

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  • Gerard Butthole

    Probably promoting a book.

  • Cate

    Wonderful to hear he got through it and is in remission now. Cancer is such a terrible disease. Very sad that he felt he couldn’t be more open about it due to the industry he works in. It must feel like a relief to finally speak openly.

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