In an interview with Samuel L. Jackson on the U.K. talk show “This Morning,” the 69-year-old admitted that the type of cancer he battled in 2010 was not stage four throat cancer — he was actually diagnosed with tongue cancer.
“This was right before I had to go on a big tour for ‘Wall Street,’ so we kind of said, ‘There’s no way we can cancel the tour and say we don’t feel well,'” he explained. “So you know, I said, ‘You’ve just got to come out and just tell them I’ve got cancer and that’s that.'”
Douglas revealed his diagnosis in August 2010, but decided to keep his tongue cancer a secret after his doctor, who’d found a walnut-size tumor at the base of his tongue, revealed the surgery could impact his appearance in a major way.
Source: Huffington Post