Movie star Michael Douglas has announced that his six month battle with Stage III throat cancer has been won. Douglas announced his victory over the disease during a Monday Today Show interview with Matt Lauer that will air on Tuesday.
Douglas told Lauer:
“I feel good, relieved. The tumor is gone. But, you know, I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain. I guess there’s not a total euphoria. I’ll probably take a couple of months of getting checked out. But it’s been a wild six-month ride.”
In October Douglas completed his last round of chemotherapy and was told by doctors that his chance of survival was 70 to 80 percent.
He told Lauer:
“…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. And it’s not that I disregard them before, but there’s a much deeper feeling. And I’ve talked to other cancer survivors about this, that– that happens, that you just really, really appreciate what’s important in life.”
With cancer behind him, Douglas is teaming up with Matt Damon to star in the Liberace biopic being directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Congratulations to Douglas and his family.