Michael Douglas Thanks Doctors on World Head and Neck Cancer Day
By Rosalyn Oshmyansky
With wife Catherine-Zeta Jones by his side, Michael Douglas opened up about his battle with cancer at the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies’ Fifth World Congress opening ceremony in New York City on Sunday.
At the event, the day was proclaimed to be "World Head and Neck Cancer Day" with the actor's support.
According to the New York Daily News, the actor spoke to 3,000 doctors, at the event held at the Marriott Marquis, about his battle with cancer and said it was like being a "soldier in battle."
The New York Daily News reports that Douglas acknowledged that when he's on stage at a prestigious event he is usually accepting an award, but with the doctors present he was "grateful not to walk out of here with another prognosis."
Douglas was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer in 2010 after being misdiagnosed three times.
Catherine-Zeta Jones also spoke at the event as she supported her husband of 14 years. The two separated in August of 2013 but reconciled and made their first public appearance since on April 15 of this year.
Catherine spoke about Michael's condition and how it affected her. The New York Daily News reports that she said, "I was a mess. I'll be quite frank, I was a mess."
Douglas has been cancer-free since January 2011, and he made sure to thank his doctors.
The New York Daily News, writes that he "credited the medical team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with being ‘in sync to help’ him at every stage in his battle and felt that the center's century-old history with cancer research and treatment saved his life."
To the doctors in the room he said, "We can only imagine what the next century will bring. Thank you for saving my life."