The past several years have been trying for Michael Douglas. Claiming to have battled stage four throat cancer and overcoming it, the Oscar winner now reveals that his condition may have been a bit different than we were led to believe.
In an interview with Samuel L. Jackson on the U.K. talk show “This Morning,” the 69-year-old admitted on Thursday (October 10) that he actually struggled with tongue cancer.
“This was right before I had a big tour for Wall Street, so we kind of said, “There”s no way we can cancel the tour and say we don”t feel well,”” Douglas admitted. “I said, “You”ve just got to come out and just tell them I”ve got cancer and that”s it.””
His doctor, who”d found a walnut-size tumor at the base of Douglas” tongue, warned the actor that he might not want to reveal that he had a disease with such a negative prognosis during such a large press obligation.
Douglas continued, saying, “The surgeon said, “Let”s just say it”s throat cancer.”” The doctor apparently told him that if they had to do surgery for tongue cancer “it”s not going to be pretty,” and that Douglas faced losing part of his jaw and tongue. So, he decided that he would undergo intensive chemotherapy for throat cancer in hopes to defeat it all, throat, tongue, and any other cancers in between.
Michael Douglas has remained cancer-free since January 2011.