The movie veteran will reveal all in a candid chat he has recorded for America’s Today show, which will air on Tuesday morning (11Jan11).
The actor reveals he’s feeling “good” and “relieved” after his six-month fight with stage four throat cancer.
He says, “The tumour is gone, but I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain… I think the odds are, with the tumour 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 (14.5 kilograms) and now he’s endeavouring 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.”