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Michael Douglas Characterizes Cancer as a 'Little Slump'

Michael Douglas arrives at the "Late Show with David Letterman" studios in midtown Manhattan. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »Michael Douglas (Pacific Coast News)Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer last month, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. But you know what? He's Michael Douglas, and he's going to show that cancer who's boss.

He said: “This just looks to me like a guy who’s had a pretty darn good batting average for a long time, who had a little slump this year and will get out of it.”

While Michael’s wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, can’t bear to watch her husband undergo treatment for his illness, they decided to let their children Dylan, 10 and Carys, seven, go along to the New York medical facility where Michael is undergoing treatment in order to understand it better.

Catherine, 40, explained: “I said, ‘So you saw Daddy do his radiation?’ and they said, ‘Yeah. It was like a computer game. We were allowed to press a button a few times.”

Michael added he thought the experience was positive for the children, to relieve their fear of his medical problems.

He told Britain’s OK! magazine: “They liked seeing all the Star Wars stuff about it. I think it relieved them of the fear of the unknown.”

Doctors are “cautiously optimistic” about Michael’s recovery and he recently admitted he has an “80%” chance of survival.

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