A spokesperson for Michael Douglas exclusively told People magazine that doctors have confirmed the 65-year-old actor has a tumor in his throat. The well-known celebrity will undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Robert Haddad, of the head and neck cancer program at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in an interview with USA Today stated: “The rigorous treatment plan suggests advanced cancer.”
Haddad, who has no direct knowledge of Douglas’ case, went on also to say “that Douglas’ long-term quality of life should be excellent.”
Douglas himself told People magazine, “I am very optimistic.”
The star of the movie “Wall Street” has become a familiar voice to those who watch the NBC nightly news, as he is the voice we all hear at the introduction every evening. Douglas will surely have to put any work commitments off while he undergoes treatment and a recovery period. In an interview with USA Today, Doctor George Laramore, who is the chair of radiation oncology at the University of Washington in Seattle states, “Treatments for larynx cancer have improved greatly in recent years – an important consideration for an actor with such a distinctive voice.”
There have been other well-known celebrities in the past who have battled the same illness that Michael Douglas is now facing. In the early 1990s, rock legend George Harrison of the Beatles started to develop tumors. Harrison was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 after a lump at the back of his throat was discovered. Harrison reportedly just wrote the tumors off as side affects from wild lifestyle and smoking. He had a surgery in 2001 and began treatment for a brain tumor also. Sadly, the treatments were not successful, and Harrison passed away in November of 2001 from throat cancer, lung cancer and brain tumors.
In May of 2000, rock star Rod Stewart had throat surgery at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles for what they believed was a benign throat nodule. Later it was revealed that it was actually thyroid cancer. Stewart stated in an interview with USA Today that “Needless to say it was a shock. But fortunately I had a particularly slow-growing thyroid cancer which was surgically removed, and now I have a clean bill of health.” Stewart also added, “It was early detection that saved my voice – and I imagine, my life.”
It is impossible for anyone to say with 100 percent certainty what the outcome will be for Michael Douglas. As reported by MSNBC.com, his doctors expect the treatment to be successful and for him to make a full recovery. With timely and proper treatment, that should be the outcome, and, in the future, the award-winning actor’s life and career should be right back on track.
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“Michael Douglas Has A Tumor In His Throat”,www.people.com/people/article/0,,20413323,00.html, People.com
“George Harrison’s Short Battle With Cancer”,www.celebrities-with-diseases.com/celebrities/george-harrisons-short-battle-with-cancer-466.html, Celebrities-with-diseases.com
“Rod Stewart Faces Thyroid Cancer”,www.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlight/2001-02-22-stewart-thyroid.htm, USAToday.com
“Michael Douglas Has A Tumor In His Throat”, today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38727655/ns/today-entertainment/, MSNBC.com