Baywatch icon Nicole Eggert has been diagnosed with cancer

One of Baywatch’s most famous stars has revealed a devastating health diagnosis.

Nicole Eggert, who played Summer Queen on the hit TV show, has revealed that she has breast cancer.

The 51-year-old – who appeared alongside Pamela Anderson in the 1990 series – revealed on Monday that she has stage 2 cribriform carcinoma, diagnosed in December.

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The actress gained 11kg in three months and was suffering from “terrible” pain in her left breast, but initially chalked it up to menopause symptoms, People reported.

But during a breast self-examination, she found a lump and immediately went to the doctor.

“It was really throbbing and painful,” she said.

“I immediately went to my GP and she told me I needed to go and get him checked out straight away.

“But the problem was I just couldn’t get an appointment. Everything was booked.

“So I had to wait until the end of November to do it.”

One mammogram and three biopsies later, Eggert got the bad news.

“This journey has been tough for me,” she said.

“It was not a breezy sail through life.

“I’m always reading inspirational quotes and corny things, but this helps me.”

Nicole Eggert and Pamela Anderson, stars of the television series Baywatch, in 1992. credit: International photos/Getty Images

Eggert will need surgery to remove the cancer and then potentially need a course of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

“I can definitely feel it,” she said of the cancerous lump.

“It’s there. It needs to be taken out.

“So the question is do I have to do the treatment before the surgery or can they do the surgery and then I do the treatment afterwards.”

The actress said she had moments of “panic”.

“You’re sitting there and it’s inside you and you’re like every second that goes by and it’s inside me,” she said.

“It grows and you just want it out.”

Nicole Eggert and Pamela Anderson during the 1993 Budweiser Surf Tour in California. credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

A single mother, Eggert has two children — daughters Keegan, 12, and Dillyn, 25 — and said Keegan had a look of “horror” when she broke the news.

“(Deelynn) is an adult, but I have a 12-year-old at home where I am the sole caregiver. I have no family I have nothing,” she said.

“That made me realize right away that I just couldn’t give in to that.

“It’s something I have to go through. This is something I have to overcome.

“She needs me more than anything and anyone.”

On social media, Eggert shared a link to a GoFundMe page started by a friend to raise money for treatment.

“It’s been a long time since Charles was in charge and Baywatch,” organizer Mindy Molinari wrote, sharing a photo of Eggert with her daughters.

“As a single mother, she had to struggle financially to raise her two daughters.

Nicole Eggert with her daughters. credit: GoFundMe/Nicole Eggert needs your help

“She still has a young child at home and is terrified that she cannot afford the necessary treatment and surgery while keeping a roof over their heads.

“She’s lost both her parents and has no family to rely on or help her through this situation.”

So far, the fundraiser has received $10,000 of a $100,000 goal.

“(Nicole) has a long way to go,” Molinari added in his fundraising statement.

“Lots of expensive imaging — CT, MRI, ultrasound, etc.

“Lots of doctors you have to see – oncologists, surgeons, etc.

“Cancer treatment and drugs. Her current insurance won’t even scratch the surface of what she needs.

“She’s stubborn and has always found a way to cope, but this is different.

“She will not be able to work while undergoing surgery and treatment.

“She’s got a long, scary road ahead of her and she’s having a terrible time asking for help.”

Nicole Eggert now. credit: Instagram/Nicole Eggert

Eggert’s friends and fans said they were happy to help when the link was posted on her Instagram.

“As a breast cancer survivor, my heart goes out to you. I wish you a speedy recovery and a positive outcome,” wrote one follower.

“I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Nicole. Sending you big hugs,” wrote another.

“You WILL fight this. 🤍”

“I am very sorry to hear that. You have a big support system looking out for you,” added a third.

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