Doctors discovered the tumor recently and the 65-year-old Oscar winner must undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. He is expected to make a full recovery, though his treatment will overlap with the Sept. 24 opening of "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."
Tweintieth Century Fox says Douglas will also promote the film as planned. The movie is set 20 years after the original 1987 Wall Street movie, with Douglas reprising his role as Gekko, the disgraced financier who has just been released from prison.
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Robert Haddad, of the head and neck cancer program at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute told USA Today that Douglas' rigorous treatment regimen suggests the tumor is "advanced' cancer. He said the treatment can cure up to 80% of patients, depending on the location and other details of the tumor.
Douglas' people have only said the tumor is in his throat. Larynx cancers are usually related to smoking and heavy drinking, whichDouglas has long been known for. Cancers around the tonsils are often caused by a virus called HPV, which also causes cervical cancers.