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Old 09-01-10, 01:39 PM
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Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

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Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4
Actor says he’s optimistic he can beat ‘intense’ disease at most advanced stage

LOS ANGELES — Michael Douglas said on Tuesday he felt optimistic about recovering from throat cancer but drew gasps when he told a television audience he had the most advanced stage.

The 65-year-old "Wall Street" actor told talk-show host David Letterman that a biopsy indicated that his cancer was at stage 4, which he described as "intense, and so they've got to go at it ..."

Letterman asked whether stage 4 was a good diagnosis. "Um no," Douglas replied, according to a transcript provided by CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman." "You like to be down at stage one ... but it has not — the big thing you're always worried about is it spreading."

Stage 4 cancer has spread far beyond the original tumor and is usually impossible to cure.

Douglas said he has at least an 80 percent chance of recovery. "And with certain hospitals and everything, it does improve."

"You've never looked better to me, and this proves that you're a tough guy, for God's sakes," Letterman said. "Let's just say ... I'm pretty lit up right now," Douglas replied.

According to the National Cancer Institute, patients with stage 4 head and neck cancer usually undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Douglas told Letterman he faces an "eight-week struggle" and he just finished his first course of radiation and chemotherapy treatment. "It's a fight," he told People magazine. "It really knocks you out."

Douglas told Letterman that his cancer was caused by his drinking and smoking.

He said his throat had been bothering him for a while, and a multitude of doctors put him through a battery of tests in the early summer, but had found nothing.

After a summer break, he underwent a biopsy, which revealed his advanced cancer.

He expressed frustration with the doctors who could not find anything, "because I was on it early in the summer and started complaining about something, but they couldn't see it then."

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Douglas's wife, told People it was difficult seeing her husband struggle with the disease. "The hardest part is seeing his fatigue, because Michael is never tired," she said, adding that he told their two children — Dylan, 10, and 7-year-old Carys — the news himself.
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Zeta-Jones furious Douglas' cancer went undetected
By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES — Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones admits having a hard time watching husband Michael Douglas battle throat cancer and has told People magazine she is furious with doctors for not detecting his disease sooner.

Douglas, the Oscar winner of "Wall Street" and a veteran of Hollywood movies and television, told the celebrity magazine that he spent months seeking attention for persistent throat and ear pain only to be told nothing was wrong until August.

The son of actor Kirk Douglas announced on August 16 that doctors had found a tumor in his throat and that he would undergo radiation and chemotherapy, which he has now started.

"It makes me furious they didn't detect it earlier," Zeta-Jones told People. "He sought every option and nothing was found."

The actress, herself an Oscar winner for "Chicago," has been married to Douglas for 10 years and the couple have two children together, Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7.

Douglas, 65, is now undergoing radiation and chemotherapy five days-a-week every three weeks to rid himself of a walnut-sized tumor at the base of his tongue.

Zeta-Jones said she can't stand the thought of watching her husband undergoing chemotherapy and radiation and losing his strength as he battles the disease.

"I know maybe I should be stronger, but emotionally I just don't want to see that," she said, later adding, "the hardest part is seeing his fatigue, because Michael is never tired."

Douglas made his first post-announcement TV appearance on Tuesday on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and told the talk show audience that although his cancer was late "stage four," doctors say he has an 80 percent chance of recovery.

He told People magazine that he was optimistic about his odds. "I'm treating this as a curable disease," he said. "It's a fight. I'll beat this."

But he admitted that he was uncertain about the future, and noted that "you just never think it's going to be you."

Still, after months of feeling the pain creep up on him, of having a dry throat and hoarse voice, the news of his cancer came as little surprise to both Hollywood stars.

"It wasn't a huge shock. I knew something was up. He knew something was up," said Zeta-Jones.

And while she is furious about the lack of an early diagnosis, Douglas seems more understanding. "Without having to blame anybody ... these things sometimes just don't show up," he said.
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

I really hope he can pull through. I've always been a fan of his work.
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

there was a story in this weeks Globe magazine saying he might have a year to live (granted this is the globe)
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

I wish him well and hope he can pull through.
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

Stage IV means metastasis, which means not good.
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I really hope he can pull through. I've always been a fan of his work.
I hope he dies. I've been waiting for a shot at CZJ, and I'll finally have my chance with hubby out of the picture.
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

I knew Shia LaBeouf's bad acting was cancerous...
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

fuck fuck fuck. his dad might out live him? that's crazy.
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Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
I hope he dies. I've been waiting for a shot at CZJ, and I'll finally have my chance with hubby out of the picture.
quoting for assterity.
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

Originally Posted by riotinmyskull View Post
fuck fuck fuck. his dad might out live him? that's crazy.
Damn, I thought Kirk Douglas was dead ..
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

Originally Posted by riotinmyskull View Post
fuck fuck fuck. his dad might out live him? that's crazy.
yeah...kinda scary...
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

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Damn, I thought Kirk Douglas was dead ..
still alive and kicking...and he seems to be all there too:

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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

I know this sounds mean, and I don't mean to but...I kinda wish they'd subtitle Douglas at times. I can't understand him at times.
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Kirk Douglas is aliiiiive? Figured he died a long time ago...
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

I too thought he was gone, but I don't remember how I saw him again earlier this year but I did...and I was surprised. I don't follow up on him but I was still amazed.
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All three generations in one movie. It suprised me back in '03 that Kirk was still alive. Right on, man. Anything over 60 and I'll be greatful.
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

Were stages 1, 2, and 3 occupied at the time of his announcement?
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Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
I hope he dies. I've been waiting for a shot at CZJ, and I'll finally have my chance with hubby out of the picture.
Cmon man have a heart.
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

I've always like Michael Douglas. I hope he can pull through.
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Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
I hope he dies. I've been waiting for a shot at CZJ, and I'll finally have my chance with hubby out of the picture.
fail
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

Apparently greed isn't good.


Here's hoping the best for MD.
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A shame about Mr. Douglas, I enjoyed him a lot in Wall Street and am eager to see Money Never Sleeps.
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Re: Michael Douglas reveals throat cancer at stage 4

it's sad, but he smoked his entire life from what i hear. not exactly shocking.

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