Michael Douglas Declares: I've Beaten Cancer!

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Following what he describes as a "wild six-month ride," Michael Douglas delivered wonderful news to Matt Lauer this week: his tumor is gone!

The veteran actor was diagnosed with throat cancer in August. He underwent weeks of radiation and chemotherapy and tells Lauer, in an interview that will air tomorrow morning, "the tumor is gone."

Michael Douglas on Today

"The odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, that I've got it beat," says the actor.

Douglas will still have to see the doctor on a monthly basis, but says his appetite is back and he's gradually gaining the weight he lost during his illness. What has he learned/experienced?

"All of a sudden the affection from my family, from my friends, and from my fans hit me at a much deeper level than I would have ever imagined before. And it gave me a really new appreciation of just how valuable, how precious good friends are and family."


My 36 year old son an airforce pilot with 4 children has the same throat cancer. He's done radiation but I need to know what type of chem he did because they are trying to get him in on a clinical trail but I want one that will cure it. Contact the Gov of TX Rick Perry. He's trying to help my son Jason get in on a right chemo treatment plan. If you call Gov Perry he'll know who you are talking about. Thank you so much.


Wow, great effort, keep it up, Michael Douglas is one of the best actors out there and a great person as well, so he only deserves the best really! Michael you are on the right path to a complete recovery!


Good for him!!


I pray that it is so, and that he lives a long happy life like his dad has.


Bravo Michael & Family,
It is so good for you to give your fans a positive update. You did not have to become ill to know that you could never find a nurse as beautiful as your wife Catherine. Continue to keep your spirits high, and do not go rushing back to work too soon!!