Published Thursday, 10 October 2013
Michale Douglas chats to Samuel L. Jackson about his battle with cancer. (© ITV)
Douglas was diagnosed with the disease in 2010 after initially being told it that a sore at the back of his gums was an infection that could be cleared with antibiotics.
But the actor explained that the problem persisted and it wasn't until nine months later that he received his diagnosis.
Speaking about visiting a specialist doctor, he said: "I saw this look in his eye and I went "oh".
"They took a biopsy and then two days later they said "you have cancer".
"I had an inkling, particularly when I saw the look on his face. I was a little numb and the point when it actually got bad was when my doctor in New York told me it was at stage four.
"And that's when I got a little scared."
After receiving the devastating news that he had tongue cancer, Douglas was due to embark on a promotional tour for his latest film and spoke to his doctor about what to tell the public.
He revealed: "My doctor said "just tell them its throat cancer".
"When I asked why and he said "if we do have to do surgery, it's not going to be pretty".
"You lose part of your jaw and your tongue."
Douglas told Jackson that throughout his cancer fight he had huge support from his wife, actress Catherine Zeta Jones, and their two children, Dylan and Cerys.
The star's father, iconic actor Kirk Douglas, also helped him through the ordeal, though Douglas joked that love wasn't evident when his father was writing his new book.
"He said "son, will you do me a big favour, will you write the introduction for me?" and I said "of course".
"He said "thank you son it means a lot to me".
"The next day I get a little text from him saying "don't worry I got George Clooney"."
Joking aside, Douglas had a very strong message to raise awareness for This Morning's Male Cancer Week.
"You look at your body every day; you know every mole, everything that's there and if you see something that looks a little strange or you feel a bump somewhere - check it out.
"I made that mistake; I don't want to see you do it."
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