Brooks Ayers' cancer diagnosis has been questioned repeatedly by the Real Housewives of Orange County women

By Aurelie Corinthios
November 10, 2015 06:10 PM

Controversy continues to swirl around Brooks Ayers’ claim that he has cancer.

Ayers, who is Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson‘s ex-boyfriend, has maintained he has received treatment for cancer at City of Hope, a cancer hospital in Duarte, California.

However, a hospital spokesperson tells PEOPLE that City of Hope “has not provided any cancer treatment to anyone by the name of David Brooks Ayers.” E! was the first to report the news.

Brooks Ayers

Last week, Ayers sat down for an interview with E! in which he presented medical documents with “City of Hope” printed across the top as proof of his cancer treatment at the facility. E! followed up with an investigation of the documents that highlights alleged inaccuracies and inconsistencies.

Ayers’ claim that he was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013 has proved a serious source of tension on the most recent season of the Bravo reality show.

The women on the show have repeatedly questioned whether there is truth to his diagnosis, and eventually even his ex Gunvalson revealed her own uncertainties on the final installation of the three-part RHOC reunion.

For his part, Ayers told E! he spoke to Gunvalson following the reunion and insisted she believed he had cancer.

Ayers also maintained that he had never told Gunvalson he was dying: “I never told her that, absolutely not.”

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