Michael Douglas, Oscar-winning star of movies including “Wall Street”, “Fatal Attraction” and “The American President” is free of throat cancer, he said in an interview for the “Today” program to be previewed today, January 11, 2011 and fully aired January 23. “The tumor is gone,” he announced and that means there’s a good chance the cancer is cured, the optimistic actor announced.
Speaking to “Today” host, Matt Lauder, Douglas (66) said, “I feel good, relieved.” He still has to have monthly checks on his throat, so he cannot celebrate too much but the actor has felt well enough to start working out into the gym and returning to work, preparing for his upcoming movie role as legendary pianist, Liberace.
Michael Douglas announced in August he was suffering from advanced Stage IV throat cancer. This was of deep concern to his many fans but Douglas remained optimistic. However, six months of radiotherapy were tough on the star who was rarely seen out in public during this time, except occasional walks with his actress wife, Catherine Zeta Jones and their two children, Dylan (10) and Carys (7).
He told the “Today” host he lost 32 pounds during the treatment but with working out and “eating like a pig” has managed to gain back 12 pounds, largely muscle mass he lost through the radiation therapy. He also said he suffered with a lack of saliva but he said that was improving after the treatment.
Hopefully, Douglas is correct and he has the cancer beaten.