Colleen with co-stars Jennifer Landon and Cady McClain (

For several weeks, has been receiving questions from fans wondering about Colleen Zenk Pinter’s, Barbara’s, speech. In the last few months, Colleen has spoken with a lisp. This morning on the CBS Early Show, Colleen talked about her changing speech patterns because of a cancer scare!

About seven months ago, Colleen says she discovered a canker sore in her mouth. That canker went away but other canker sores continued to come back so she saw her doctor. The next day a specialist told her it was stage-two oral cancer. She underwent three surgeries and had part of her tongue removed and reconstructed. Colleen also had radio-active beads inserted into her tongue to battle the disease, but doctors say she is cancer-free now.