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Michael Douglas wife Catherine Zeta-Jones leaves Ryder Cup to be by his side, report says

10/03/2010 by Jacob Burch

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones arrives at the 61st Annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Michael Douglas may be the king of Wall Street, but his battle with throat cancer may not be going so well. The United Kingdoms Telegraph reports that his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones left the Ryder Cup in Wales to be with him.

A friend of Jones told People Magazine the trip "has been on her calendar for months, and Michael insisted she go. They are both golf lovers. This is important to Catherine and to Wales, so she made it a quick trip to be a part of the important night, and get right home."

Representatives for Douglas announced in August that he was being treated for throat cancer.

"This type of cancer can be brought on by alcohol and tobacco abuse and by a certain type of sexually transmitted reason, but I look at it as stress," the UK newspaper The Mirror quoted Douglas, 65, as saying ahead of the Friday U.S. premiere of his latest film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. "I've had a pretty stressful year on a number of fronts, some of which were public and some of which weren't."

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.

"Chemotherapy takes its toll, the more you keep doing it you lose your energy and it gets more difficult to swallow," Douglas said. "I'm having a crash course education in just how nasty these cancer cells can be. I've always worked hard and played hard and I'm sure I'll be cleaning up my act in the future. But I'm still looking forward to a good glass of wine when I get my taste buds back."

"My plans are to lick this cancer but it will probably take four or five months," he added. "I've always prided myself on putting as much as I possibly can into everything I do and I'm going to beat this."

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps also stars Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan and features a cameo by Charlie Sheen. In the Oliver Stone film, the sequel to the 1987 movie Wall Street, Douglas plays a trader who is released from prison and tries to help Wall Street before a market crash while attempting to revive a relationship with his estranged daughter.

Meanwhile, Douglas will celebrate his 10th anniversary of his wedding to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 40, in November. The two also celebrated joint birthdays on Saturday.

"Time goes so fast," he said. "But I'm really looking forward to our anniversary and I'll be back in good health so we can really enjoy it - although we haven't yet decided what we are going to do. I'm going to really savor the moments and savor the time because it goes so fast."

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