Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas has a throat tumor, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Doctors expect he will make a full recovery. The eight-week chemotherapy and radiation treatment will treat a lump that has not been confirmed to be either benign or malignant. There is no word on where the treatment will take place. Douglas, 65, is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones; they are raising two children, Dylan Michel and Carys Zeta, on Bermuda. Douglas won Academy Awards for Best Actor in “Wall Street” and as a producer for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” 1975’s Best Picture.
Douglas’ prognosis, though not very detailed, is much better than that of writer and polemicist Christopher Hitchens. In a recent article in Vanity Fair titled “Topic of Cancer,” Hitchens, 61, divulged his thoughts on his first discovery of cancer in early June and then on receiving word that it had spread to the lymph nodes, making his chances of survival, as he described it, poor.
“I am quietly resolved to resist bodily as best I can, even if only passively,” Hitchens writes in Vanity Fair, “And to seek the most advanced advice.”
However, the article suggests he is grimly realistic about his odds: “In whatever kind of a ‘race’ life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist.” Hitchens concludes. He also concedes his habits of drinking and smoking were largely to blame. “I have been taunting the Reaper into taking a free scythe in my direction and have now succumbed to something so predictable and banal that it bores even me.”
Former Poison singer Bret Michaels, 47, narrowly escaped a life-threatening condition earlier this spring, according to ABC News, when he suffered a brain hemorrhage. Michaels is a life-long diabetes sufferer and had had an emergency appendectomy the week before the hemorrhage struck. An affect of the hemorrhage was hyponatremia, a severe lack of salt in the blood leading to brain swelling and seizures. He recovered in May, but was readmitted after it was found he had a hole in his heart, as reported on BretMichaels.com.
The Los Angeles Times reports Michaels was recently chosen to host the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas on Aug. 23.
With a lack of full disclosure, it is difficult to speculate further how Douglas will fare beyond the positive assurances of both Douglas and his doctors to the press. Hopefully he will make a speedy and full recovery as projected, and get back to the business of enjoying his family very soon.
Tony Hicks, “People: Michael Douglas getting treatment for throat tumor” San Jose Mercury News
Christopher Hitchens, “Topic of Cancer” Vanity Fair
Michael S. James and Dan Childs, “Doctor: Bret Michaels’ Condition ‘Serious,’ but ‘Fight to Stay Conscious’ Helped Save Him” ABC News
Patrick, “Bret Michaels Doctors Put to Rest Medical Condition Speculation” Bret Michaels.com
Christie D’Zurilla, “Bret Michaels to co-host the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant” Los Angeles Times