Doctor saves reality TV contestant's life by spotting thyroid cancer tumour

Doctor watching HGTV notices lump on woman's throat, leading to life-changing diagnosis

Doctor watching HGTV notices lump on woman's throat, leading to life-changing diagnosis

Dr. Erich Voight who is an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon happen in NY happen to watch a HGTV's "Beachfront Bargain Hunt" episode when she suddenly saw a lump on the neck of a women and immediately knew that she needed medical assistance.

She was lucky and survived the cancer, which has just a 30 percent two-year survival rate, completing her treatment last summer, which can include radiation, chemo and even brain surgery.

McGuinness listened to Voight's advice and went to consult a specialist and was eventually diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

McGuinness and the doctor, Erich Voigt shared their story with Good Morning America on Tuesday.

The doctor then launched a mission to find Ms McGuinness via Facebook by posting a clip from the show, along with a hashtag, and enlisting his social media network to help track her down.

Dr Voigt is now cautiously optimistic that she will beat cancer again.

He wrote on the location final month: "I'm watching a television present and spot this lady has a left thyroid mass". "And as a head and neck surgeon, I'm trained to sort of notice these things". "Her doctors had never noticed it".

In addition to its asymmetrical look, he was alarmed by the lump's "manner of transferring underneath the pores and skin" when the 32-year-old spoke on the programme.

But he had no idea who the woman was.

"It's just a miracle in my opinion that he happened to see this on TV", McGuinness tells ABC. In 2013, a nurse spotted a "large nodule" on the neck of Tarek El Moussa, the star of Flip or Flop. I wonder if she knows and hope it's benign. "So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much".

Nicole credits her optimism for her survival through her glioblastoma battle, and says she will do the same this time around, staying positive and fighting.