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Michael Douglas 'Very Optimistic' About Recovery from Throat Tumor

AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols
38th Annual AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols.Sony Studios, Culver City, CA. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »Michael Douglas (Bauer Griffin)Michael Douglas was recently diagnosed with a tumor in his throat, and the actor will undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Still, doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

The 65-year-old star said in a statement to People magazine: "I am very optimistic."

A spokesperson for the actor would not confirm what type of cancer the star is suffering from, when it was discovered or when treatment is expected to begin.

Michael is now said to be spending as much time as possible with his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, and their two children Dylan, 10 and Carys, seven.

If caught early, throat tumors are cured in 90 percent of cases. Chemotherapy treatment is, however, often used in conjunction with radiation for more advanced throat cancers.

It was reported in 2006 that Michael and Catherine were both smokers (and thus more susceptible to contracting throat cancer) but were both trying to give up the habit at that time.

The tumor comes as the latest blow in what has been a tough year for Michael, after his son from a previous marriage, Cameron Douglas, was jailed for five years in April for drugs offenses.

Michael said in June: "I've had a rough year on the personal front.”

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  • Michael Douglas in 38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show
  • Michael Douglas in 38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show
  • Michael Douglas in 38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show
  • Michael Douglas in 38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show
  • Michael Douglas in 38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show


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