Michael Douglas speaks out on his cancer battle

BATTLE: Of his cancer, the actor says "there's not a lot anyone can do" but remains positive about making a full recovery.

He’s hoping to make full recovery from throat cancer, but as he approaches the halfway mark of his gruelling treatment programme, Michael Douglas has admitted that despite the overwhelming support from his family and fans, “there’s not a lot anyone can do”.

The 65-year-old opened up at a press conference on Sunday for his new movie, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, talking about how he is coping with illness. Douglas, who is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy to treat a throat tumour, said: “I’m in the middle of my programme, and it’s going along fine. I’m very optimistic and hopeful right now. My family has been very supportive. There’s not a lot that anybody can do. You’ve just got to kind of do the programme, but it’s the world you [learn to] understand about cancer. You get to know cancer survivors, and the kind of support and outpouring I’ve been getting has just been amazing.”

Douglas was pictured in New York on Monday taking his seven-year-old daughter Carys to her Manhattan school. Meanwhile his wife Catherine, 40, was pictured running errands in town. In an interview with US magazine, the actor spoke further about his illness, saying he remained positive he would return to full health. “Life is not all ha-ha-ha, but I’m in good spirits. I’m an optimistic guy. Nothing has deterred me from my belief that I am going to beat this. My doctors’ prognosis is for a full recovery. I have no reason to doubt them,” Douglas told the publication.

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