Beloved actor Michael Douglas is in for the fight of his life as he battles tage IV throat cancer, but he says he is ready to win.
The 65-year-old Oscar winner told People magazine that undergoing a routine of radiation and chemotherapy has been grueling. “It really knocks you out,” he admitted to the mag. Michael told David Letterman last night that he had started treatment for the Stage IV cancer, and said he believes with hard work he has an 80% chance of recovering.
The percentages are very good. I would hate to say, but right now, it looks like it should be 80 percent, and with certain hospitals and everything, it does improve,” Douglas said on the late night show.
His wife, actress Catherine Zeta Jones, 40, says that the hardest part has been watching her normally tireless husband lose his energy.
“The hardest part is seeing his fatigue, because Michael is never tired,” Zeta-Jones told People. She also said that it was Michael who told their children Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7, the difficult news about his cancer himself: “Daddy sat them down and told them he has cancer now.”
But, Zeta-Jones added, “”If there’s anything Michael has, it’s strength.”