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Douglas: Cancer came at good time

Published 09/09/2010 | 14:33

Michael Douglas has joked he's been able to catch up with his sport since his cancer was diagnosed
Michael Douglas has joked he's been able to catch up with his sport since his cancer was diagnosed

Michael Douglas has joked that his cancer treatment has given him the opportunity to catch up with his favourite sports.

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Cancer "couldn't have picked a better time," the 65-year-old quipped at a press conference for his new film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in New York.

"Tennis has never been better, college football just started and it's been a great weekend of college football - I've got a Monday-night game coming up with the Jets, so sports looks really good... So, what's not to like?" he added.

Michael, who stars alongside Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan in the sequel, has been undergoing an eight-week course of radiation and chemotherapy for cancer, after a walnut-sized tumour was found on the base of his tongue in early August.

He told People that he remains optimistic about his treatment.

"I'm just taking it a day at a time and trying to do my homework with the programme and rest. It's just another chapter, and I've had a pretty good run of it. This has been a pretty bad year but topped off with a really good movie," he said.

Michael reprises his Oscar-winning role as money-driven stockbroker Gordon Gekko, and added: "It's probably the role that I get most recognised with. It's a beautifully written role, and it's what you dream about."

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