In what must, for Michael Douglas, be an annus horribilis to rival the trials and tribulations of 2002 for Queen Elizabeth II, he faces yet more problems. This time it is his health. He has been suffering throat problems for a while and this week, it has been confirmed what many feared: Michael Douglas is suffering from throat cancer. However, the precise diagnosis has not yet been released, so it is not generally known where the tumor is in the throat and thus, what the prognosis is.
Douglas’ publicist assistant, Eli Barach, has confirmed that the actor will undergo both radiotherapy and chemotherapy in a bid to beat the potentially life-threatening disease. The 65 year old actor is hopeful of making a full recovery so let’s hope that is the case, especially since his 10 year May-December marriage to Catherine Zeta Jones (aged 40) has given them two sons.
The Academy Award-winning actor’s treatment is scheduled to last eight weeks. However, it is not yet known where the medical treatment will take place and he is currently said to be staying outside of the US with is actress wife. Their main home is on Bermuda, where they live together with their two young children.
Let’s hope that the premiere signals the beginning of better things for Michael Douglas, because it’s been a tough year already for the Hollywood star. Back in May, his son, Cameron, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for drug possession and distribution. Michael was at the time said to be in favour of the sentence, hoping that it would rid Cameron of his drug addiction and make a new man of him, but it clearly distressed him to see his son imprisoned as he stood by him throughout the trial.
Michael Douglas was working right up to his cancer diagnosis, having recently shot Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps”, sequel to the Oscar winning performance in the earlier movie of the same name. The movie premiered at Cannes in May and will open in cinemas September 24th.