Actor Michael Douglas, after a prolonged bout of sore throat with no medical cause, has been given a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. Stage 4 cancer is the most critical stage typically characterized by metastasizing and spreading through the body. While talking to David Letterman, Michael Douglas assured the host and those watching that his cancer was located only in the throat.
Some people may take a stage 4 cancer diagnosis and the start of radiation and chemotherapy treatments as a reason to be negative, but Michael Douglas is taking the opposite approach. The star joked on David Letterman that he was diagnosed with cancer the same day he found out he would be a guest on David Letterman. Letterman quickly assured the audience that there was no medical link between his show and throat cancer. Throughout the interview, David Letterman was filled with questions that Michael Douglas was quick to answer with no hint of animosity.
Information revealed by Michael Douglas about his case of stage 4 cancer and treatment included the realization that treatments would degrade his health as they progressed. David Lettermen seemed taken aback by the fact that Douglas looked healthy and did not sound like he had throat cancer. According to Douglas, as the radiation treatment continues, burns, sores and blisters will appear on the inside of the mouth and throat making it difficult or impossible to swallow or consume food.
Laughter is the Best Medicine – Even for Stage 4 Throat Cancer
Doctors are talking recovery percentages, effects on Michael Douglas’s speaking voice and reasons why the stage 4 throat cancer was not caught sooner. According to Michael Douglas, he has been given an 80% chance of recovery and with the right doctors and treatments, recovery chances may be even higher. Doctors are concurring that while the fight will be a difficult one, there is a good chance complete recovery is a realistic goal for Michael Douglas, but it may not be the treatments that are going to make the difference for the feisty actor. Laughing may be the best medicine out there for illnesses, including stage 4 throat cancer and Douglas has the sense of humor to ride laughter all the way to perfect health.
More Information on Stage 4 Throat Cancer and Possible Treatments
For more information on stage 4 throat cancer and other forms of cancer and treatments, the American Cancer Society is available at cancer.org. The motto of the American Cancer Society is “The Official Sponsor of Birthdays.” With a wonderful attitude and fantastic medical care, it looks like Michael Douglas will be celebrating many more birthdays.