Michael Douglas Has Throat Cancer

Michael Douglas is set to undergo radiation and chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with throat cancer, the Academy Award winning actor’s publicist said on Monday.

The “Wall Street” star will undergo eight weeks of radiation, which is expected to be given five times a week. Douglas will also receive chemotherapy for the same period, although it would likely be administered every one to three weeks. Douglas said he expects to beat the cancer and make a full recovery. “I am very optimistic,” Douglas told People magazine in a short statement.

Douglas’ publicist, Allen Burry, said the actor is currently out of the United States, but he refused to divulge where the 65-year-old husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones will receive his treatment.

Throat cancer is one of the least common cancers, but it can be effectively treated with radiation. CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton said radiation to the mouth is very effective, but can be very difficult for the patient. “About 50 to 80 percent of these types of cancers can be cured. However, radiation does damage cells, it can make swallowing very difficult, it can give you sores in your mouth,” Ashton said.