Michael Douglas’ battle with throat cancer may be far more serious than he or his reps are letting on. Despite recent photo-ops showing him enjoying a family visit to Disney World in Florida, a new reports says he’s losing the battle with the dreaded disease.
Douglas, his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, 41, son Dylan, 10, and daughter Carys, 7, spent the Thanksgiving holiday at the resort.
He was also filmed talking for the first time in weeks.
But the 66-year-old reportedly is still very weak, woefully underweight and fighting with his doctors over treatment, according to the National Enquirer.
“Michael is continuing to lose his battle. He’s fought his doctors, who have pleaded with him to have a feeding tube inserted to help him put on weight. But he’s refused,” an individual, described as a “family source” told the tabloid.
Douglas was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer after a walnut-sized tumor was discovered at the base of his tongue.
In August, he appeared on the David Letterman show and discussed his cancer at length. He attributed it to smoking and drinking, and said at the time his odds of recovery were high, even though the cancer was advanced.
After undergoing eight weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the Oscar-winning star’s weight has reportedly fallen to 139 pounds from a strapping 175 pounds before treatment.
“The sores in his mouth and throat have made it tough for him to swallow food and keep it down,” the source said. “He thinks he can get by on aloe-infused water, which he drinks constantly.
When asked by Letterman whether his prognosis was good, Douglas replied “Um, no.”
But he said at the time he had an 80 percent chance of beating the cancer.