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Michael Douglas says odds are he's beaten throat cancer

January 10, 2011 |  3:30 pm

Michael Douglas has beaten cancer, he tells Matt Lauer

Michael Douglas has beaten cancer, he says

Michael Douglas thinks he has beaten throat cancer, and would like folks to know he's been "eating like a pig" to boot.

"The odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, that I've got it beat," the actor said Monday in an interview with Matt Lauer that will air Tuesday on "Today."

Douglas is back in the gym but keeping the cardio to a minimum, he told Lauer. Because he lost 32 pounds during chemo and radiation treatment, his doctors want him to gain back more than the 12 pounds he's packed back on so far.

The Oscar winner went public with his cancer diagnosis in August, about a month before his film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" opened in theaters. He finished treatment in October, and has been recovering since then.

And how has the scare affected him? Among other things, he said, "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."

Douglas still has to have monthly checkups to make sure the cancer stays gone, he said. The full interview will air Sunday on "Dateline NBC."


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Photos: Michael Douglas sat down with Matt Lauer on Monday in New York for an interview that will air on the "Today" show on Jan. 11, 2011. Credits: Peter Kramer / NBC / Associated Press