Michael Douglas vows to beat cancer
Published 01/09/2010 | 15:18
Michael Douglas has vowed to beat cancer.
The 65-year-old Wall Street star said in an interview with People magazine that he expects to make a full recovery after a walnut-sized tumour was found on the base of his tongue in early August.
The actor is currently undergoing an eight-week course of radiation and chemotherapy in New York.
His doctors said there is no evidence that the cancer has spread.
"I'm treating this as a curable disease," he said. "It's a fight. I'll beat this."
Michael's wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, said the most difficult part of the ordeal has been seeing her husband fatigued "because Michael is never tired".
The Welsh actress, who has two children - Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7 - with Michael, said she was furious doctors didn't detect the tumour earlier.
Michael said he spent months seeking a cause for throat and ear pain.
"Without having to blame anybody ... these things sometimes just don't show up," he said.
Besides his medical battle, Michael is also facing a legal showdown. Lawyers representing the actor and his ex-wife Diandra Douglas are tangling over her claim that she's entitled to half his earnings from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the Wall Street sequel. Michael said the lawsuit "kind of came out of left field".