Actor Michael Douglas says he hid his tongue cancer at his doctor's urging
Treatment can come with disfiguring surgery to remove the tongue or part of the jaw
The CDC estimates only half of those diagnosed with oral cancer survive
Michael Douglas never had throat cancer, as he told the press in 2010.
The actor now says he had tongue cancer. Douglas said he hid the diagnosis at the urging of his doctor to protect his career.
Douglas says that the doctor told him if they had to do surgery for tongue cancer, “it’s not going to be pretty. You could lose part of your tongue and jaw.”
When Douglas first talked about his cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2010, he was on a worldwide publicity tour for the movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
Douglas and Jackson joked that could have been the end of his acting career. Douglas said if he had surgery he could see the director saying, “What’s your good side? I’ve got no side over here.”