Award-winning actor Michael Douglas recently announced he has late stage IV throat cancer. Oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro gives an update on the actor's condition and reveals the warning signs to look for.
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Dr. Lawrence Piro on Michael Douglas Throat Cancer Host: Here to help explain Michael Douglas diagnosis is our friend and oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro. Lawrence Piro: Welcome back you guys, thank you, and good to see you now. So folks are asking so many questions about Michael Douglas and his cancer because obviously they’re worried about him but they’re also, when a celebrity cancer, it raises awareness. And people want to know am I at risk for this, one of the reasons is that a complicated cancer is the symptoms of getting cancer are very similar to the same symptoms that just regular ordinary conditions cost, so things like a lump in your throat, a little difficulty swallowing, a persistent sore throat, a lump in your neck, a change in your voice. Well these are all things that everyone gets at some point in their life when they have a cold, when they have sinusitis. So the important thing is not that there’s one symptom that is going to be that red flag of I might have throat cancer. It’s that if you have a persistence of any symptom, you should get attention from that and don’t ignore it. Because the more advanced the stage, the harder it is to cure. Host: So Michael recently finished treatment? Lawrence Piro: The big news from Michael is Michael recently finished his treatment with radiation and chemotherapy and most people have to actually have a feeding tube during treatment for this kind of cancer because your mouth and your throat gets so sore from the radiation, you can't swallow food. And Michael’s actually able to make it throughout the entire treatment without having a feeding tube, so he really did power through this.

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