Michael Douglas talks to David Letterman about his throat cancer

By on Sep 1, 2010 in Entertainment, Hollywood Comments

Hollywood actor Michael Douglas talks to David Letterman about his throat cancer.

The Oscar best actor appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday.

According to Douglas, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer three weeks ago. This was after he realized there was something wrong when he came down early this summer with “a really sore throat.”

He also told Letterman that he has just finished his first week of radiation and chemotherapy, and will be “about an eight-week struggle.”

Letterman, although surprised told the actor that he “looked better to me, and proves you’re a tough guy.”

Douglas, 65, on the other hand replied that “I’m pretty lit up right now.”

But the actor said that the cancer remains above the neck and that means expectations are good, with an 80 percent or better chance of recovery.

According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) website, most throat cancer develops in people older than 50, with men more likely than women to get the disease.

Among the factors that may cause throat cancer is smoking and alcohol drinking, NIH added.

Douglas, on the other hand admits both of them has been his personal habits.

Before the interview ended, Letterman asked Douglas what he can do for him.

“Just give me a hug,” Douglas responded; then the audience gave a standing ovation.

Michael Douglas stars in the upcoming film “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” a sequel to “Wall Street” (1987), where he won the Oscar best-actor.

To view the complete and exclusive interview with Michael Douglas, watch the full video at The Late Show with David Letterman.

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