A Glimpse Into Beth's, the Wife of Dog the Bounty Hunter, Long Battle With Stage 4 Cancer

Ra'eesah Manack
Apr 19, 2019
09:00 A.M.
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Dog The Bounty Hunter's wife, Beth Chapman has been suffering from stage four lung and throat cancer for over two years now. Here is a glimpse at her extensive medical journey.


Beth Chapman, the wife of Duane Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter), is best known for appearing in their reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and its spinoffs. She has been battling cancer for almost two years now.

While on her rollercoaster journey to recovery, Beth has maintained most of her lifestyle. She is still working, partying and even regularly posting about her life on social media. 


First Brush With Cancer

The stunning blonde's health troubles started in September 2017. She started having severe trouble breathing and was forced to go to the hospital.

The 64-year-old was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer. Beth began her journey to recovery after doctors confirmed the diagnosis.


Initial Treatment

She underwent a 13-hour surgery to remove the tumor in her throat.  The operation was a success, and she was able to breathe easier.

Beth told her friends about her diagnosis in a letter in September 2017. She wrote:

“I’ve spent a lifetime facing tests and challenges I didn’t see coming and certainly never expected. I’ve been dealt my share of unexpected blows over the course of my almost 50 years but nothing as serious as the one I heard from my doctors two weeks ago when they uttered those dreaded three words, ‘You have cancer.'”


Cancer Free

Her fight against cancer was the subject of a two-hour TV special called “Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives” in November. During the special, Dog received a phone call from a doctor revealing that Beth was cancer-free. 

“There is a God. This could be a miracle. This could be a healing,” Dog said to the camera. “[The doctor] said if I wasn’t such a good husband it wouldn’t have worked out that great. Oh, I can breathe. Beth Chapman, you did it.”


Terrifying Relapse

Unfortunately, their celebrations were short-lived. Beth was rushed to the emergency room on November 26 after she started to feel sick again. Doctors were forced to perform yet another surgery on her.

On November 28, she underwent the required emergency surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a blockage and the tumor. During the operation, which her son referred to as life-threatening, doctors discovered a massive lump in her throat twice the size of the growth she had removed the year before.


After the surgery, husband Duane gave fans a short update on her progress and said:

“She had a lump in her throat twice the size of last time, and they performed an emergency surgery yesterday. They cut a hole in her throat so she can breathe; she can still talk.”


Later that day a statement from Chapman's Attorney also confirmed the diagnosis.  Attorney Andrew Brettler said:

"I can confirm that unfortunately, her cancer has returned. The doctors say it’s serious and are evaluating her treatment options. We’re all hoping for the best."


Beth revealed the news on her Instagram later that month saying it was “another bend in the road yet not the end of the road.”

Dog the Bounty Hunter revealed in December 2018 that Chapman's cancer had spread throughout her throat and lungs and was "incurable." She has stage 4 lung cancer.


“The other day she said to me, ‘I’m not sure, but I could be dying,'” he revealed while holding back tears. “She said, ‘I want you to look where I’m at. I’m on the road, chasing bad guys with my family, Duane.'” You know, when we’re out there chasing bad guys we don’t think about it. It’s not even real.”

Beth opened up about her stage 4 cancer battle calling it “a much different animal to attack."


Treatment Journey

According to reports, this time around Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife treatment options are limited as her cancer was much more advanced. Beth reportedly began chemotherapy in January.

Dog the Bounty Hunter also revealed that she is not using “conventional treatment.” Instead, Beth has turned to alternative medicine. Dog shared his frustration over conventional treatments and said,

 “They don’t work. They don’t work! There’s nothing, they’ve got nothing. They’ve got a bill to send you. It’s a multi-trillion dollar industry, cancer, and they lie to you. Watch, someday they’re going to get sentenced. It’s criminal what they do.”


Beth later stated she was researching the medicinal properties of cannabidiol or CBD. In February, she said: 

“We need to all be far more open-minded to new treatments. Israel is leading the world in these studies. We no longer need to poison patients to get them well."


Family Support & New Show

Throughout Beth Chapman‘s cancer battle, her husband  Duane “Dog” Chapman has “vowed” to be there by her side. Dog and Beth’s latest reality show has been a welcome distraction from the health battle Beth currently faces. 

“We just took off a couple of days ago to do a three-week shoot, and the first thing I thought about was, ‘Oh my God, my honey’s got cancer!'” he confessed. “So I’ve got to keep her busy. I’m sure that’s scriptural somewhere. I’ve got to keep her busy and off her mind and all the positive things, and I’m not going to let her die. I’m Chiricahua [a Native American tribe], and I believe in G-O-D. That is my name spelled backward and I’ve never had such a challenge in my life. I am there for her, and I’m not going to let her die.”


The doting husband said that Beth is “feeling fine” and staying positive. The loving couple tied the knot in May 2006, but have been together nearly 30 years. Dog the Bounty Hunter explained he fell in love with Beth “all over again” throughout this process. 

Rushed to Hospital Again

Then in April 2019, Beth was hit with yet another health scare. The reality television star had to be rushed to a hospital again after struggling with her breathing. 


Chapman was in Hawaii when she started struggling with her breathing. Her doctors confirmed the incident was a complication from her cancer treatments. The star had “an accumulation of fluid in her lungs.” A source revealed:

"Doctors performed an emergency procedure to alleviate the pressure that had built up.” 

The family thanked their fans in a Facebook post which read, "She and [husband Duane "Dog" Chapman] are so grateful for the thoughts and prayers from their fans. Keep them coming."

After the procedure, she was released and spent time resting at home. Since then, the star has continued enjoying time with her family and appearing on their new show