Good News, Michael Douglas: An Independent Expert Tells Us You'll Probably Be Cured Of Throat Cancer — But Don't Ever Smoke Again!

Tue, August 17, 2010 5:43pm EST by 5 Comments


According to top oncologist Dr. Brad Thompson, the fact that Michael smoked until 2006 is most likely why he was struck with throat cancer — and he was very lucky that doctors caught it early.

After Michael Douglas, 65, announced he was diagnosed with throat cancer Aug. 16, spoke with a top Canada-based oncologist to get more information on Michael’s prognosis and treatment.

Dr. Brad Thompson, President and CEO of Oncolytics Biotech Inc., reveals that throat cancer is surprisingly very curable.

“It seems Michael’s doctors have caught his throat cancer fairly early,” says Dr. Thompson. “In the majority of cases when they discover the cancer this early, it is very curable. Usually in the majority of patients who catch it early, about 60 to 70 percent are effectively cured.”

Michael and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40, kicked their half-pack-a-day habit back in 2006. But according to Dr. Thompson, smoking cigarettes definitely contributed to Michael’s throat cancer. Michael released a statement to People that he’s very “optimistic,” but would not release what type of throat cancer it is.

“The two biggest causes of throat cancer are smoking and charcoal,” says Dr. Thompson. “There are a half a dozen types of throat cancer with subtle differences, but it’s unclear as to what kind he has.”

The actor, who stars in the upcoming film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, is beginning treatment for the recent diagnosis. People reported that the Oscar-winning actor would be starting eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.

“When I first heard that he would be undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, that generally means it was caught early and he should successfully recover,” says Dr. Thompson. “Since they are just doing chemotherapy and radiation, rather than chemo, radiation and surgery, that tells me it’s not as bad as it could be.”

We hope the Hollywood icon recovers quickly and is back to making movies soon!

— Chloe Melas, with reporting by Spencer Cain

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Posted at 7:11 AM on April 18, 2012  

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cristy ahmad

Posted at 6:55 AM on August 20, 2010  

Michael Douglas is my favorite actor ever! I pray he will be cured of his cancer. Wishing him long life to spend with his family, friends and those who love him, his fans. God bless!

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Janet Vasquez

Posted at 2:53 PM on August 18, 2010  

Great story!! I do want to point out that while extremely well-versed on the topic of cancer, Dr. Thompson is not an oncologist. His advice was excellent!

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Boo Hearne Carroll

Posted at 11:27 PM on August 17, 2010  

Very little that happens in the press surprises me, but I was floored to read this yesterday! Of all people, Michael Douglas. My prayers and good wishes go out to Mr. Douglas, his wife and kids at this scary time. He is one of our greatest actors. I know this will be a difficult time for him (been there, done that)but I know he is strong enough to take what is coming his way, treatment-wise. I am just so shocked by the news. DON’T SMOKE, Y’ALL!!!

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Posted at 7:19 PM on August 17, 2010  

That is encouraging news. Good they quit smoking.

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