Michael Douglas Throat Cancer Stage 4 But Prognosis Still Good

Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas revealed on the David Letterman Show Tuesday night that his throat cancer has spread. Douglas said he now has stage 4 throat cancer, but his doctors still give him an 80 percent chance of a full recovery.

Michael Douglas on DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS)
Michael Douglas on DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS)

Doctors found Michael Douglas’ throat cancer in early August, after it had already reached an advanced stage. “It’s a stage four [cancer], which is intense,” Douglas told David Letterman. You want to be at stage one.”

Douglas said he just finished his first full week of radiation and chemotherapy, a routine he will have to go through for eight weeks. Douglas blamed his disease on his lifetime of smoking and drinking.

Catherina Zeta-Jones, Douglas’ wife, told People magazine she was furious doctors did not find the cancer earlier. “He sought every option and nothing was found,” she said. “The hardest part is seeing his fatigue, because Michael is never tired.”

Douglas said the cancer treatments he is undergoing are severely draining. “It knocks you out really hard… I’m doing everything I can.”

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