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Michael Douglas said in an interview with David Letterman on Tuesday August, 31 2010, that he had started treatment for Stage IV throat cancer, and offered cautious optimism that he would recover from it.
Appearing on Mr. Letterman’s CBS “Late Show” to promote his coming film “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Mr. Douglas said he was given the diagnosis earlier in the summer after seeing several doctors for a nagging sore throat. Asked by Mr. Letterman about the severity of his condition – a Stage IV cancer is defined as one that has spread to other parts of the body – Mr. Douglas replied: “The big thing you’re always worried about is it spreading, so I am head and neck. I am above the neck, so nothing’s gone down, and the expectations are good.”
Mr. Douglas said he had completed the first week of an eight-week chemotherapy regimen. When asked by Mr. Letterman if he smoked, he said he smoked and drank, adding, “This particular type of cancer is caused by alcohol and drinking.” When the host asked him about his chances for recovery, Mr. Douglas replied: “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.”