'Double Dare' Host Marc Summers Reveals His Bout with Cancer

The "Double Dare" hosts Reveals his "secret" bout with cancer.

ByABC News
February 11, 2015, 2:57 PM
Marc Summers is pictured on April 9, 2014 in New York City.
Marc Summers is pictured on April 9, 2014 in New York City.
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— -- Marc Summers is ingrained in the minds of millions of fans from his iconic run as host of the kids show "Double Dare."

The 63-year-old TV personality and Food Network producer appeared on the Preston & Steve Show on 93.3 WMMR this week to talk about something much more serious. After spending the weekend with the radio show's hosts at an event called "Striking Out Cancer," Summers said, "I'm sort of old school and keep things to myself ... I've been sort of keeping something secret for the last five years."

"I was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. In show business, if you talk about that stuff, it's hard to get hired afterwards. My agent said, 'Well, don't talk about it.' I've sort of compressed this thing and it's made me nuts," he said. "I wanted to tell somebody and I didn't know who to tell. I was on this show 'Oprah: Where are They Now' and I almost did it there."

Summers was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

"I was having stomach problems and in severe pain, went to a hospital and they took 17.5 inches of my small intestine out," he said.

Summers said when he woke up he made a joke, "Hey doctor, do I have cancer?" and he replied, "As a matter of fact, you do."

The reason he's talking now is that his first doctor wanted to "blast" him full of chemo and radiation and he wanted a second opinion. On that visit, he was told he had just six months left.

"He said, 'You have six months, get your papers ready,'" Summers said. "I was freaking out."

He thought he wouldn't get to see his kids married and that he was going to die. But he called the first doctor and he shut down that theory. The first doctor called the second and that doctor denied giving Summers the death sentence.

He got a third opinion, then "was in chemo" for two years with a doctor, whom he said changed his life.

"The first chemo was brutal, as I think they all are," Summers said. "This past December, I finally got the all-clear sign."

Now, he wants to share his story of remission and is "ready to move on."