Elisabeth Hasselbeck Explains Her Cancer Scare

The "Fox & Friends" co-host reveals she had a tumor removed recently.

ByABC News
November 14, 2014, 11:11 AM
Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced on July 10, 2013 that she is leaving The View.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced on July 10, 2013 that she is leaving The View.
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— -- Elisabeth Hasselbeck is "glad and thankful to be back" at "Fox and Friends."

The co-host, 37, was sidelined with "a bit of a scare," she explained today on the show.

"I had a tumor in my abdomen, doctors said, 'You gotta get it out by the end of the month, we don't like how it looks,'" she said.

So, Hasselbeck did what the doctors told her to do and had it removed. She's been away from the show for the better part of a month.

"I had a scary week, where we didn't know what the results were, but I'm okay, everything came back okay," she continued. "Surgery is not fun, but ... thankfully I had the blessing of it not being cancer."

Hasselbeck said the scare forced her and her husband Tim Hasselbeck to have serious talks at home and talks with the kids -- daughter Grace, and sons Taylor and Isaiah.

She got a little teary-eyed when she said how supportive the whole "Fox" team has been for her.

"So many women and people that I know have starred down the barrel of that cancer gun," she added. "When they got bad news ... and done remarkable things, courageously to fight it. So, I knew that if I got that side of news, I would be in their wings."

But, the talented host is "thankful" she got a clean bill of health.

"I certainly don't take it for granted now," she said, adding that her husband was her "hospital buddy" and he "really stepped up."

"He came to sit with me during some ugly hours," she added.