'Flip or Flop' star Frank 'The Tank' opens up on cancer battle

A “Flip or Flop” favorite is determined to stay strong.

Tarek El Moussa took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a message from Frank “The Tank,” who has been privately battling cancer.


“As most of you know by now that I have been fighting cancer for two years that is growing even after 2 cycles of radiation and chemo,” wrote Frank. “Started immunotherapy treatment last month. Last Friday my airway started to close as the cancer continues to be aggressive and I have been admitted to the UCI hospital in Orange, Ca.”

Frank added, “I will be having tracheotomy surgery today and I will be in the ICU for 2-3 days. After that I will be able to update my condition. I apologize for being a little private and have realized after Tarek’s post last week that there are so many people praying for me and that it’s such a blessing to have so much love. I will be at the UCI for at least another week before I go home to continue my fight. With all of your prayers and love I am so ready to fight even harder.”

El Moussa announced on May 11 via Instagram that his beloved cast-mate has cancer.

“[Frank’s] been fighting multiple cancers for many years, even while filming our show, and he’s still putting up the fight of his life,” he wrote. “The doctors told him a year ago he would not make it past 6 months, he’s proving them wrong, this man is a beast.”

El Moussa previously battled both thyroid and testicular cancer.