News of Michael Douglas’ cancer diagnosis spread like wildfire through the international media: The 65-year-old is battling Stage 4 throat cancer. Having immediately begun his radiation and chemotherapy, Michael made an appearance last week on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’, in which he explained that he’d been to see several doctors over the course of the summer, all of whom told him nothing was wrong.
Nothing was wrong despite all of the symptoms he was presenting, which included, among many, a sore throat and difficulty speaking and swallowing. In early August one doctor decided to do a biopsy, and then diagnosed the actor with Stage 4 cancer, which Michael himself described as “intense”.
Watching a loved one go through an ordeal like this is certainly tough, and many were quick to understand his wife when she recently vocalized her anger towards the doctors that missed the grave diagnosis.
“It makes me furious they didn’t detect it earlier,” CBS News quotes Catherine Zeta-Jones as telling People magazine. “He sought every option and nothing was found.
“I know maybe I should be stronger, but emotionally I just don’t want to see that. The hardest part is seeing his fatigue, because Michael is never tired.”
Michael is currently undergoing an 8-week regiment of radiation and chemotherapy. Doctors have said Michael has an 80% chance of beating the cancer – a number he hopes will increase as treatment continues.
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