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Michael Douglas Wins Cancer Battle

January 10th, 2011 8:10pm EST

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas has battled cancer and won.

The movie veteran will reveal all in a candid chat he has recorded for The Today show, which will air on Tuesday morning.

The actor reveals he's feeling "good" and "relieved" after his six-month fight with stage four throat cancer.

He says, "The tumor is gone, but I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain... I think the odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, I've got it beat... It'll take a couple of months of getting checked out."

Douglas reveals he's lost 32 pounds and now he's endeavoring to put weight back on: "I've put about 12 (pounds) back... I got another 20, 25 to go."

But he tells Today's Matt Lauer his health crisis has given him a new respect for his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, his kids and his friends.

He explains, "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.

"There's a much deeper feeling... You just really, really appreciate what's important in life."

 

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