Douglas: ‘Chemo Is Knocking Me Out’

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September 1, 2010 | 4:00am EST

Michael Douglas is struggling with nausea following his first week of chemotherapy in his battle with throat cancer – the treatment “knocks” the actor out “really hard”.

Doctors discovered a tumour in the 65-year-old’s throat last month and immediately ordered him to undergo intense therapy to treat the disease.

He’s now started treatment and the actor opened up about his experiences during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, his first TV interview since the diagnosis.

Douglas says, “I just finished my first week of radiation and chemo. It’s an eight week struggle. I’ve started the regiment already.

“The things that change… the chemotherapy… in terms of dealing with the nausea. It knocks you out really hard.

“It hurts a lot, it comes in in waves… My heart goes out to all the families and all the supporters there. Now I understand it.

“This is the first week and the chemo and the radiation continues to burn your mouth and it becomes more difficult to swallow; you can’t take solids.”