‘Baywatch’ Star Nicole Eggert Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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51-year-old Nicole Eggert revealed some sad news to her fans. The actor best known for her roles on Baywatch and Charles in Charge has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She went to the doctor after gaining 25 lbs. in three months and having pain in her left breast. Her doctor found a lump and after a mammogram and three biopsies, she was diagnosed with stage 2 cribriform carcinoma breast cancer in December 2023.

Now, Eggert is waiting on surgery and then the oncologist will share the next steps of when chemotherapy and radiation will start. She is unsure at the moment if the cancer has spread. Eggert admitted that she is anxious and hopes the surgery happens very soon. She also worries that she won’t be around for her two children, daughters Keegan, 12, and Dilyn, 25. She revealed, “[Dilyn’s] an adult, but I have a 12-year-old at home where I’m the only caregiver. I have no family. I have nothing. It immediately made me realize, there’s just no succumbing to this. This is something I have to get through. This is something that I have to beat. She needs me more than anything and anybody.”

Charles in Charge Nicole Eggert, 1984-1990

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Although she was an actor, she admitted that it has not been easy financially as a single mother. One of her friends, Mindy Molinary, set up a GoFundMe page for Eggert as she receives more and more medical bills. She explained, “My fear is that my everyday hustle, everything that I do to keep everything going is going to come to a screeching halt when I’m not feeling well or I’m sick or I’m in the hospital or whatever is going on. It’s just so overwhelming, and I’m just doing everything I can not to spiral. At night when I lay down, I panic because I’m like, well, who’s going to cover all the bills? Who’s going to do all of this?”

Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding Alexandra Paul, David Hasselhoff, Gena Lee Nolin, Nicole Eggert, Jeremy Jackson, 2003

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Eggert said that her experience has inspired her to help others and says that when she gets better she wants to create a non-profit organization for others going through a similar battle. She added, “I absolutely 100% want to start a non-profit for other single parents such as myself, who don’t have any family, don’t have anybody to turn to. They take on all this by themselves because they love their kids so much, but when something happens to them, then what?”

Actress Nicole Eggert arrives at the Comedy Central Roast Of David Hasselhoff held at Sony Pictures Studios on August 1, 2010 in Culver City, California. The "Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff" will air on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

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“I’ve gotten such an outpouring of love and it makes you feel so good. It changes your whole day and other people just don’t have that,” Eggert concluded. “So I really want to figure out a way to give back to other parents that are in my situation that aren’t as fortunate.”

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