Michael Douglas completes chemotherapy

Cancer-stricken Michael Douglas is already looking toward his next film role playing iconic pianist Liberace after recently completing chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer.

The 66-year-old actor told The Hollywood Reporter that he's just happy to be talking after a year of "adversity," including discovering he had stage four throat cancer.

Chemotherapy, a “hellhole”

Douglas said he won't learn until January whether the tumour in his throat has been eliminated, but described his chemotherapy as a "hellhole."

Now, he is already preparing for his title role in the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic, which is expected to start shooting in May or June, and will require Douglas to undergo special prosthetic work as well as musical training.

Support systems

Of the support from his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, he said: "I'm one of those people who, when they're sick, like to curl up and remove myself. I don't like a lot of people around. There is nothing you can do to help. Catherine has been understanding, fortunately."

And he said he is still coming to terms with cancer.

"I haven't really digested it yet, truth be told," he said. "As I looked through the stats, I didn't think of this as life and death; I just saw it as an illness to get over. So I didn't dig into the bottom of my soul to see what I could see."(Reuters Health/ November 2010)

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