Michael sits down with ‘Today’ to discuss overcoming throat cancer and talks abouy the effects his intensive radiation and chemotherapy have had on his body.
After aggressive rounds of chemotherapy and radiation Michael Douglas has managed to win his battle with throat cancer — but there are still lingering effects. Michael sat down with Matt Lauer on Today Jan. 11 and said, “Salivary ducts have been closed down as a result of the radiation, probably for at least a year or two,” and “I’ve put about 12 (pounds) back. But, I mean, I got another 20, 25 to go.”
Michael began treatment in August for throat cancer, undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Though he was battling a very difficult form of the disease, the actor remained optimistic and had a strong support system in wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and children Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7.
As for discussing his treatment with his children, the Oscar winner said: “It’s a very scary word. But I told them it was hopeful. And I also took them down to a couple of radiation treatments. So they came into the room and they saw all the Star Wars treatment going around. And they saw them put the (radiation) mask on your face ’cause they have to kind of bolt you down like Hannibal Lecter or something. At that age it was good for them. They thought it was cool, you know, all this space age stuff. And so it made up for all those days when Dad was lying on the couch and couldn’t get up, and their patience was really, really appreciated. And we’ve had a big celebration this last couple of days when I found out the tumor’s gone.”
While he now appears to be in the clear, Michael is still very much aware of his former situation and says he “wouldn’t wish the experience on (his) worst enemy.”
Michael will still have to have monthly check-ups and says his main focus now is putting back on some of the weight he lost — by “eating like a pig!”