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Stage 4 Throat Cancer Prognosis for Michael Douglas

Posted by on Sep 02, 2010 | Leave a Comment

On the David Letterman Show which was telecasted on Tuesday night, Michael Douglas, Oscar-winning actor revealed that he has advanced, Stage 4 cancer. To treat a tumor at the base of his tongue, Michael Douglas undergoes radiation, surgery and chemotherapy.

The 65-year-old “Wall Street” actor is facing a hard battle against throat cancer. In the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’, he told to David Letterman, host of talk-show, that his cancer was at stage 4, which he described as “intense, and so they’ve got to go at it …“. Letterman questioned whether stage 4 was a good diagnosis. Douglas replied, “Um no,” 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.

Hollywood star, Michael Douglas is hoping about to recover the disease because his doctors told him he has an 80 percent survival rate from a stage four cancer. Michael Douglas admitted that his throat cancer is occurred due to alcohol and drinking. “He is being treated at Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center,” the actor’s press representative Allen Burry told ABCNews.com. “The tumor is at the base of his tongue and his doctor’s prognosis is for a full recovery.”

On 16th August, 2010 Douglas announced his diagnosis. After that, He has not attended the CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong and the Zurich Film Festival. He said his throat had been worrying him for a while, and huge number of doctors put him through a battery of tests in the early summer, but had found nothing. As per NIH parallels Douglas’ sentiments, 90% of throat cancers are curable if it detected early. If the tumor cells fail to metastasize at that time then those percentages remain high.

Mr. Douglas is very curable,” said Dr. Kevin Cullen, director of the University Of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center and a medical oncologist who specializes in head and neck cancer. 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.

Video of David Letterman – Michael Douglas on Having Throat Cancer from YouTube:


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