The Wall Street icon fought a six-month battle against stage four throat cancer last year (10) and he was given the good news about his recovery earlier this year (11).
Douglas is continuing to undergo regular check-ups to ensure the tumour doesn’t return and although the outcome is unlikely, the actor admits he is unable to feel fully at ease with his clean bill of health until several months have passed without incident.
Speaking on U.S. TV show The View on Monday (09May11), he says, “I feel good. I’m in remission. I go in this week for my third month check-up, you get a scan to see if the tumour’s back and all that, but this particular type of cancer likelihood is not, but it’s probably gonna take a year of the monthly check-ups before you can start feeling relaxed about it.
“I feel fortunate and blessed with this type of cancer and the odds against recurrence, but sure, it comes up (nervousness).”
Douglas reveals he had anticipated a crisis of some sort months before he was diagnosed with the illness because he had enjoyed a long run of good luck until he was struck down with cancer.
He says, “I always thought… ‘Life has been really, really good to me for a long, long time,’ and I was thinking, ‘I feel like I’m gonna get hit by a truck, life’s been too good.’
“So this karma, this last year-and-a-half, it’s really balanced things out so I feel good about the future.”
The veteran actor is now dedicated to raising awareness about the illness and is urging fans to get checked out because what started for him as a sore throat turned into something a lot more serious.
Marking the start of Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week on Monday, he says, “I want to tell everybody out there, next time you go into your dentist or doctor, ask him just to check (you) out, to take a look at your mouth and your throat (for signs of cancer).”