It was back in 2001 that she revealed her diagnosis on Larry King Live, explaining that she had been diagnosed the year prior.
“In the last year I have been battling and surviving breast cancer, and I was in that clinic, and it all has to do with my breast cancer,” Somers told Larry King. “But it just, you know – I have had such an honest relationship with the American public. I mean, I have written books on alcoholism, and blending families, and they have been with me on my ups and downs and sides. And this was just one of those things – I think the most shocking words I ever thought, I never thought, I would ever in my life hear someone say to me that you have bIn reast cancer. And it was – it has been so…”
Suzanne continued, “I was in such shock. I’m very strong, and I was in such shock because I have always taken care of myself, and, I just thought, it would never happen to me, but I think that is what everybody thinks; it won’t happen to them. And, what’s interesting is what you learn about yourself when you are diagnosed with cancer. And cancer is not for sissies.”
She then spoke to a number of doctors who all advised that chemo is the way to approach her cancer, but she decided to turn to alternative medicine instead.
“As I’m hearing the common course of treatment, I – I don’t want to lose my hair, but that was the least of my worries was losing my hair. But I – I don’t like what that drug does to people. What I have seen… Chemotherapy. I have seen people under treatment, there is, you know, I know it helps people. I know it helps.
“It does [work for breast cancer], but I decided to find alternative things to do,” she continued. “Because I have done so much work in my books about hormones, and that hormonal balance is why people gain or lose weight, and, it was my belief that a balanced environment of hormones prevents disease. And the first thing they said to me, we are taking of off all hormones. I said no, I’m going to continue taking my hormones, which is the first thing against the common course…
“I didn’t want chemotherapy.”
At some point, it was revealed that Suzanne was getting treatments for cancer while on Three’s Company. In fact, she was treated for cancer three times during that time.
“Even when I was Chrissy on Three’s Company, I had had cancer three times,” Suzanne told CBS News in 2020.
“They call it severe hyperplasia in your uterus. I didn’t make a big deal about it,” she continued, adding that she also had malignant melanoma in her back in her 30s.
Suzanne lived with cancer for many years, and around six months ago, it looked like she had been finally healed, as per husband Alan Hamel. Sadly, as he shared with Page Six, the cancer returned once again.