Michael Douglas Optimistic Despite Serious Cancer

Hollywood star Michael Douglas has admitted his throat cancer is more serious than first thought, but says he remains optimistic as he undergoes intensive treatment.

“It’s a stage four, which is intense, and they gotta go at it,” Douglas told chat show host David Letterman on the Late Show on Tuesday night.

Douglas, 65, who is married to another Hollywood A-lister, British actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, only recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer when he returned to the United States from a family holiday three weeks ago.

But he had not mentioned the seriousness of the disease in an earlier interview with People magazine.

He told Letterman: “I am head and neck; I am above the neck; so nothing’s gone down and the expectations are good.

“You like to be down at stage one but the big thing you worry about is it spreading.”

The son of screen legend, Kirk Douglas, who is now 93, Michael Douglas said he had been suffering from throat problems for several months.

“I went through a litany of doctors and tests and they didn’t find anything and then I had a great summer after some other personal adversities,” he told Letterman.

He said he had spent “a wonderful summer with Catherine and the kids in Spain. We went to Russia, St. Petersburg, which is fantastic.”

“I came back and a guy said ‘Let me have a look.’ All happened within three weeks. They got a biopsy and analysed it.”

Douglas, who has two young children with Zeta-Jones, said he was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.

“The percentages are very good. I would hate to say, but right now it looks like it should be 80 percent, and with certain hospitals and everything, it does improve.”

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