Tumor Gone, Michael Douglas Begins Waiting Game

January 18, 2011


When Michael Douglas announced last August that he was being treated for late-stage throat cancer, many fans took that to mean he'd received a death sentence. But the Oscar-winning actor told TODAY's Matt Lauer that he's got cancer "beat." "It's great news that they can't see any cancer," said Bert O'Malley, MD, Gabriel Tucker Professor and chair, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and co-director of Penn's Head and Neck Cancer Center in an interview with MSNBC.com. "He's over the first hurdle. The next is what happens over the next three years." Dr. O'Malley said that if the tumor was caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV), then the odds are much better for long-term survival than they would be if it were related to other factors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Read More