Michael Douglas found out about three weeks ago that he has stage four throat cancer, and he has already undergone the first of eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Douglas appeared on the David Letterman Show in the US last night and talked about his chances and his intention to beat the adversary.
Douglas told the audience that he thinks his odds are good, probably 80 percent, since the cancer has apparently not spread anywhere else. He also said the cause was long-term habits of smoking and drinking, and the late diagnosis was not the fault of his doctors, though his wife, British actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been reported as wondering why physicians did not notice anything earlier.
The Oscar-winning actor is 65 years old and said he went to the doctor for what he thought was just a sore throat. He was shocked when he heard the diagnosis, but says he feels positive about the outcome.
His wife and their two children, Carys and Dylan are temporarily staying in Bermuda, and Douglas said they have been very supportive. Catherine told interviewers that the worst part was Michael’s uncharacteristic fatigue, and Michael said that he is often in considerable pain.
When Letterman mentioned that Michael didn’t look or sound like he had cancer, and asked how that could be, the actor told him, “I’m on stage”, and got a laugh from the audience. Douglas will be back on the big screen again soon with the release of his new film. His role as Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street” won him an Oscar, and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is the sequel, set to open on September 24th.