Michael Douglas & Throat Cancer: 'I've Got It Beat'

Sheri Reed

Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas -- out and about just last week
Hollywood does have its happy stories, you know, and we're thrilled to report this one. Actor Michael Douglas told Matt Lauer this morning on Today that he's cautiously optimistic he has beaten stage IV throat cancer.

I think the odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, that I've got it beat.

Also in a transcript of the interview released by the NBC network, Douglas said:

I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain. I guess there's not a total euphoria. I'll probably take a couple of months of getting checked out. But it's been a wild six-month ride.

I'll say! That's one rollercoaster no one wants to ride.

From the looks of it, Michael Douglas is nothing if not a total trooper. Since Douglas came forward with the bad news in August and began radiation treatment over the following months, we've continued to see paparazzi shots of him out and about in NYC, albeit often looking tired and also significantly thinner.

Apparently, Douglas lost 32 pounds and a lot of muscle mass over the course of his treatment, and the radiation treatment caused his salivary ducts to stop working for a time. No doubt that alone made it pretty difficult to eat. However, since then, he has gained back 12 pounds, he's working out, and he's even gearing up to play pianist Liberace in a new film. Go Michael!

So happy to get this good news about Michael Douglas -- wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their two kids must be beginning to breathe a big sigh of relief. We wish the whole family some continued respite and good health news.

The full interview with Michael Douglas will air on Dateline NBC on January 23.

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