Actor Michael Douglas has announced on NBC's Today show that his tumour has gone and believes that he has beaten cancer after six months of gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

66 year old Douglas has been picture on numerously occasions looking thin and frail as the treatment intensified yet he has managed to put a third of the weight back on through "eating like a pig" as he put it.

Michael remains cautiously optimistic and realistic since the doctors gave him the good news, he said "I feel good, relieved. The tumour is gone. I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain. I guess there's not a total euphoria"

"I think the odds are, with the tumour gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, that I've got it beat"

In the interview he gave insight to some of the  unpleasant side affects of his treatment like his saliva glands are closed for a year or two leaving him with a dry mouth.

Michael and his family are delighted at the news which should bring a cheery start to this new year which I am sure we all hope will be better than the last for Michael and family (and for us all).

2010 was a pretty bad year all round.

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