The actor’s two kids actually stood by his bedside as he was blasted with radiation therapy and pumped with powerful chemotherapy drugs! What a strong family!
During his interview with NBC‘s the Today show, to announce his victory over deadly throat cancer, Michael Douglas revealed he took his children with wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones — son Dylan, 10, and daughter Carys, 7 — with him to cancer treatment appointments so they could understand what he was going through.
He told host Matt Lauer, “I 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 mask on your face because they have to kind of bolt you down, like Hannibal Lecter.” HollyMoms, would you expose your children to the harsh realities of cancer?
“At that age it was good for them. I mean, they thought it was cool, you know, all this space age stuff. So it made up for all those days when dad was lying on the couch and couldn’t get up,” says Michael
His tumor may be gone, but Michael, 66, hasn’t been given the all clear yet. He has a series of check ups booked to ensure the cancer doesn’t return. And the Baltimore-based doctor, who treated the star, insists relapses are common. Specialist Marilyn Blackston tells Star, “No matter how good he looks now, he is not out of the woods yet, regardless of how well the therapy went. The five-year survival rate for this type of cancer is less than 50 per cent.”
But in the meantime, Michael is determined to celebrate beating the tumor with a new outlook on life, adding, “There’s a much a deeper feeling. You just really, really appreciate what’s important in life.”