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Look on doctor's face told me I had cancer, says Douglas

VETERAN actor Michael Douglas has said in an interview with Alec Baldwin that he will never forget when he was first told he had late-stage throat cancer.

The 66-year-old Fatal Attraction actor was diagnosed with the disease in August 2010. He had radiation treatment and chemotherapy and in January announced the tumour was gone. But five months earlier, the story was different.



"I'll never forget that moment when he (the doctor) looked up at me and looked back down. I knew, and he said 'Well, I guess we're going to have to take a biopsy, see there's a polyp here,' it was on my tongue.

"Two days later, he called me back and said 'you've got cancer,'" Douglas told Baldwin in a podcast posted earlier this week for New York radio station WNYC.

Douglas said that just after filming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps his throat felt "a little sore," but he thought it was from the stress of portraying financier Gordon Gekko, the role that earned him an Oscar in 1987.

He underwent seven weeks of treatments that cleared the cancer.

Douglas' next film role is in Liberace, a film based on the life of the famous American pianist, with Matt Damon playing his lover.

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