On the British TV show, “This Morning,” he admitted to the public he had tongue cancer instead of throat cancer. Douglas stated he felt he needed to tell the public that he had cancer, but his doctor suggested saying he had throat cancer due to the ugliness of the surgery he may have had to endure.
In 2010, Douglas was diagnosed with cancer just as he was ready to go on the road to promote his new film, “Wall Street 2.” He knew he had to release the news himself or it would come out in the media anyway.
Douglas felt he couldn’t cancel a European-wide film junket because you don’t feel well.
In this day, you’ve got to tell them. So I said, ‘we’ve got to come out and just tell them we have cancer.’”
Douglas asked his doctor why he should keep the true source of his cancer under wraps. His doctor was concerned if he had to undergo surgery, he would lose his jaw, his tongue and “all that stuff.”
After going through radiation and chemo-therapy treatments, Douglas has been cancer-free for two years. He reports that at this time, there is a 95% chance the cancer will not return.
The doctor had found a walnut-size tumor at the base of his tongue. The physician and Douglas chose to disguise the truth to avoid the early discussion of a possible facial disfigurement with reporters on the press tour.
Douglas is currently separated from his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.