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Michael Douglas' Golden Icon Award accepted by Danny DeVito on his behalf as actor undergoes cancer treatment

10/04/2010 by Corinne Heller

Danny Devito got a warm welcome from fans at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday July 24, 2010. (OnTheRedCarpet.com) Michael Douglas, who is undergoing treatment for his Stage Four throat cancer, recently won the Golden Icon Award for his life's work and his friend Danny DeVito accepted it on his behalf at the Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland on Sunday

"Michael is so strong. He gets better and better with every movie he makes. So that's why I tell him to work more," Variety quoted Devito, who has known Douglas since 1964, as saying jokingly.

Douglas, 66, has been acting since at least the late 1960s and has starred in films such as Romancing The Stone and its sequel Jewel of the Nile, both of which also starred DeVito, Wall Street and its sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which was released on September 24. Previous recipients of the Golden Icon Award include Sylvester Stallone and Morgan Freeman.

Representatives for Douglas announced in August that he was being treated for throat cancer. Throat cancers can be cured 90 percent of the time if detected early, according to the U.S. National Institute of Health. But the side effects of treatment are harsh.

While Douglas has vowed to beat his disease, Catherine Zeta-Jones recently left the Ryder Cup in Wales to be with her ailing husband.

Douglas, co-stars Susan Sarandon and Carey Mulligan and special guest Courtney Love attended the NY premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps on Sept. 20, 2010. Check out the photos:

Carey Mulligan, Michael Douglas and Courtney Love at the Sept. 20,   2010 New York premiere of 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'. (Photos   courtesy of AP)

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