Things are starting to look a lot better for Michael Douglas

In an interview that aired Tuesday morning (Jan 11) on the Today Show”, the actor told Matt Lauer that he has beat throat cancer, and feels a lot more relieved now that his tumor is gone. And even though he is confident that he has cancer beat, Douglas says he’ll be getting checked out on a regular basis for the next couple of months.

“I feel good, relieved. The tumor is gone. I think the odds are with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer that I’ve got it beat. I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain. I guess there’s not a total euphoria. I’ll probably take a couple of months of getting checked out. But it’s been a wild six-month ride.”

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Douglas also shared that he had lost over 30 pounds with his radiation and chemotherapy treatment and has gained about 12 back so far. The Oscar-winning actor added that looking death right in the eye, and ultimately beating it, changed his whole outlook on life.

“All of a sudden the affection from my family, from my friends, and from my fans hit me at a much deeper level than I would have ever imagined before. And it gave me a really new appreciation of just how valuable, how precious good friends are and family. And it’s not that I disregarded them before but there’s a much deeper feeling. I’ve talked to other cancer survivors about this…you just really, really appreciate what’s important in life.”

Michael Douglas first announced that he would undergo treatment for stage 4 throat cancer back in August 2010.

Congrats to Michael and his family on the EXCELLENT news!!!

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