August 17, 2010 03:01:02 GMT
A rep for Douglas affirmed that doctors have found a tumor in the actor's throat and plan to treat him with eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.
Michael Douglas has been diagnosed with a tumor in his throat, his rep confirmed to People. According to the rep, Douglas' doctors expect the 65-year-old actor to make a full recovery soon after completing eight weeks of treatment, which includes radiation and chemotherapy.
Douglas himself is being positive about his battle with the disease. The husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones said in a statement, "I am very optimistic."
Larynx cancers are usually related to smoking and heavy drinking, Robert Haddad of the head and neck cancer program at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute explained to USA Today. Haddad further mentioned that cancers around the tonsils are often caused by a virus called HPV, which also causes cervical cancers. He also stated doctors typically don't use the term throat cancer to describe tumors of the esophagus.
On whether or not the treatment will affect Douglas' work schedule has not yet been revealed. He is currently promoting his new movie "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps", which will be opened in U.S. theaters on September 24. He is also set to star opposite Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Antonio Banderas in upcoming thriller film "Haywire".