It has been announced that Michael Douglas has won his battle with stage IV throat cancer.
66 year old Douglas was first diagnosed with a throat tumour last August, the tumour was located at the base of his tongue and is said to have been the size of a walnut at its most severe stage.
The star, who received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in the 1987 film “Wall Street” has expressed that he is feeling better, and will soon return to work.
He is rumoured to play the flamboyant musician Liberace in a biopic directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.
However, Douglas has not left untarnished by his ordeal; the radiation affected his salivary ducts and caused them to shut down, it is thought that Douglas will not begin producing saliva again for up to two years. The star is also suffering from frequent lethargy.
Chair of head and neck surgery at the University of Maryland in Baltimore , Dr Scott Strome wrote in an email “we always hope that our treatments cure the patient, but the reality is that even in the absence of detectable disease, he is at risk for recurrence.”
41 year old Catherine Zeta Jones, of Swansea, said the news was an “incredible start” to the new year. She said “we are so grateful for the wonderful care Michael has received.”