Michael Douglas Says Cancer Diagnosis Came at the Best Possible Time

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Actor Michael Douglas speaks onstage while being honored at the The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 37th Annual Chaplin Award gala at Alice Tully Hall on May 24, 2010 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »Michael Douglas was recently diagnosed with cancer, and the actor is really taking the news in stride. He's even making jokes about it already! He says he's going to be laid up in bed (after chemotherapy and radiation treatment) while some great sports are in season.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. (Bauer Griffin)

He said: “I don’t have anything to do thank goodness. You couldn’t pick a better time. Tennis has never been better. College football just started - so the sport looks really good.”

Michael, who has two children, Dylan, 10 and Carys, seven, with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as son Cameron, 31, from a previous marriage, has been boosted by the support of his family, though his famous father Kirk Douglas has taken an unusual approach to helping him beat the disease.

The 93-year-old actor explained: “I tell a lot of dirty jokes. I try to make it fun.”

Catherine, 40, also spoke of the family’s approach to tackling her 65-year-old spouse’s condition, insisting they are all remaining positive. She said: “What’s the use of me crying around the house? All I have to do is get the kids to the ocean, get them out to the park, get them doing stuff that any mother does who is facing the same thing. Do you look at the dark side? No. I think anybody dealing with this has a positive side.”

Michael’s doctors are said to be “cautiously optimistic” about his recovery and he said recently he has an 80 percent chance of survival.

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