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Michael Douglas vows not to succumb to his cancer

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Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 10:03 [IST]

London (ANI): Cancer-stricken Michael Douglas refuses to surrender himself to the disease because he believes doctors when they tell him he has a good chance of fully recovering. The movie star was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer this summer and is currently undergoing intensive treatment in a bid to beat the killer disease. Douglas has earlier asked fans not to feel sorry for him saying he is a fighter.

"I like my odds. I'm not dealing with mortality issues until they tell me, 'Oops, we have to go back and do surgery', or something like that. The tumor is shrinking. The odds are good... I haven't found God yet," the Daily Express quoted him as telling USA Today. "I was really upset early on, but I've had time to realise that (stuff) happens," he said.

However, Douglas admits his bad days are already terrible and he has taken to drinking aloe-infused water to ease the pain in his throat from radiation treatment and chemotherapy. "I have the treatments in the morning. They tend to kind of knock me out till usually the early afternoon. I lie down and take it easy," he said.

And he is making sure his young kids with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones are well aware of what dad's going through by occasionally taking them to hospital with him. "They've been fine. I've taken them down to the hospital and shown them the whole radiology thing. They've watched me actually get zapped. I don't know what else you would do. It's what it is," he added.

Topics: michael douglas, patrick swayze, catherine zeta jones
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