Children Support Douglas During Illness

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas’ cancer has brought him even closer to his young children.

The 65-year-old actor – who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment after doctors found a tumour at the base of his tongue – hasn’t tried to hide his condition from Dylan, 10, and Carys, seven, his kids with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones

Michael has also been honest with them about the imprisonment of their older half-brother Cameron – the Hollywood star’s 31-year-old son with his first wife Diandra Luker – who was handed a five-year jail sentence in April after pleading guilty to dealing methamphetamine and cocaine.

He said: “The children have been fantastically supportive. I’ve taken them to watch my radiation treatments so they understand what’s going on, and I’ve taken them to see their brother in federal prison. It’s brought us a little closer in some ways.”

Although the ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ actor is positive he will win his cancer battle, he admits the treatment has taken a “big toll” on him.

He explained to the Daily Telegraph newspaper: “I’m finding that solitude and quiet is what I really need. I’m really enjoying listening to music and reading books, but the radiation and the increased soreness of my mouth and the chemo continue to knock me out. On the one hand, my tumour is shrinking and getting a lot smaller, but on the other, the processes used to eliminate it is taking a big toll.”