Michael Douglas Is Determined To Defeat Cancer

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Actor Michael Douglas is still maintaining good spirits in the wake of his battle with Stage IV throat cancer.

“Nothing has deterred me from my belief that I am going to beat this,” the Oscar-winning actor, 65, told Parade magazine in a new interview. “My doctors’ prognosis is for a full recovery. I have no reason to doubt them.”

Douglas continues to undergo radiation and chemotherapy--his chance for survival is about 80 percent. He publicly spoke about his condition to People magazine and Late Show with David Letterman.

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“Not going public with having cancer was not much of an option, even if I had objected,” Douglas said in the interview. “When you are a celebrity, nothing remains secret for very long. If it helps bring attention, then that is a major upside to this whole thing. Millions of families are going through the same thing my family and I are now going through. If I can bring any relief or encouragement to those suffering, that’s the good news.”

He brought his children (he has three with wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones) to one his radiation treatment. “They weren’t frightened,” said Douglas. “And fear is one of our biggest enemies. We told the kids a couple days after I was tested and it was confirmed.”

On the silver screen, Douglas is reprising his Academy Award-winning role as Gordon Gekko in the upcoming "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," the sequel to the 1987 Oliver Stone film "Wall Street."

Selected Reading: Parade

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