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Michael Douglas may lose his voice to cancer

Last updated on: August 18, 2010 14:49 IST

Michael Douglas may lose his voice to cancer

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Michael Douglas may lose his voice after the treatment for throat cancer, doctors have warned.

The 65-year-old is to begin an aggressive course of radiation and chemotherapy to destroy the tumour. Douglas, husband of British actress Catherine Zeta Jones, is said to be "optimistic" the treatment will succeed.

He will have eight weeks of radiation, and chemotherapy. But the treatment has been known to affect the larynx.

'You wouldn't treat a benign tumour with radiation, so most definitely this is a malignant tumour,' the Sun quoted Dr Eric Genden, chief of head and neck cancer surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Centre, as saying.

Years of smoking and drinking are thought to have caused the cancer. The Oscar-winner has cancelled all engagements for two months, including promoting new film Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.

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Photographs: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters
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Source: ANI