Cavuto underwent surgery on Monday

By Naja Rayne
Updated June 21, 2016 08:00 PM
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Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto is on the mend following open heart surgery.

“Neil Cavuto had open heart surgery yesterday and came through it with flying colors,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Knowing Neil, he’ll be back as soon as he can, but he is slated to return to hosting his three programs on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network later this year. Everyone here is wishing him a speedy recovery.”

Cavuto hasn’t been on air since May 31 and underwent surgery on Monday.

The anchor was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1997. Having just won a battle with cancer, Cavuto, 57, compared the two illnesses, admitting in a 2007 interview with TVNewser that his second illness was harder to deal with, as there’s no cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

“Having had cancer right before by MS diagnosis, I can honestly say MS is worse. There’s no endgame here, no cure here, no concoction of chemotherapy or radiation that could make it all go away here,” he told the outlet. “So I take steroids, and weekly injections, and I exercise my legs a great deal.

“A big common fear with this disease is that eventually you lose use of your legs. In fact, my neurologist is surprised I haven’t already.”