From my own personal experiences I can imagine how devastating it was for Mike to learn about the diagnosis of throat cancer. This has ramifications on his ability to continue to act and his family. Face ones own mortality and the potential of losing ones voice are very difficult. Many people would like to keep their illness private as I did. However, as a celebrity this impossible. Hopefully the public’s support that he may receive will help him overcome the difficult period of radiation and chemotherapy that lies ahead.
As a celebrity whose career depends on his voice, Mike Douglas is facing difficult choices about what is the best treatment for him. I am wondering if the non surgical option that was offered to him was an attempt to spare his larynx. I hope that this treatment will work for him. To hear Mike Douglas describe his condition watch his interview with David Letterman on the Tonight Show.
As sad as this news is, it is an opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Unfortunately Michael Douglas had done booth.
It is also an opportunity to remind the public about the early signs of throat cancer so that it can be detected at an early stage. These include: sputum may appear bloody, lump may appear on the outside of the neck, abnormal-sounding breathing, chronic cough, neck pain or swelling, difficulty swallowing, persistent throat or ear pain and hoarseness. Individuals with these symptoms should be examined by their otolaryngologists as soon as possible.