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Michael Douglas has tumor in throat, will undergo chemotherapy and radiation

08/16/2010 by Corinne Heller

Michael Douglas has tumor in throat, will undergo chemotherapy and radiation (20th Century Fox Photo) Michael Douglas has a tumor in his throat and is set to undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, while his doctors expect the 65-year-old actor to make a full recovery, People magazine quoted his spokesperson as saying on Monday.

"I am very optimistic," Michael Douglas said in a statement to the magazine.

Radiation and chemotherapy are usually used to treat cancerous tumors, or masses of abnormally growing cells, although the spokesperson did not elaborate on whether the actor's was benign or malignant. Throat cancers can be cured 90 percent of the time if detected early, according to the U.S. National Institute of Health.

Michael Douglas is the son of 93-year-old actor Kirk Douglas. Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones are parents to Dylan, 10 and Carys, 7. He also has a 31-year-old son, Cameron, from his marriage to Diandra Luker. Cameron Douglas, who is also an actor, was sentenced to five years in prison in April for heroin possession and for conspiring to sell methamphetamine.

Michael Douglas stars in the Oliver Stone-directed film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps with Shia LaBeouf, Charlie Sheen and Carey Mulligan. The movie hits theaters on September 24.

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