In an exclusive interview from Montreal, Michael Douglas candidly talks to eTalk's Ben Mulroney tonight on CTV

Before being honoured in Montreal by McGill’s Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, actor and director Michael Douglas sat down with ETALK anchor Ben Mulroney for a Canadian English television exclusive.

Douglas talks about his throat cancer diagnosis and recovery during tonight’s ETALK, Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, and at 6 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET on E! (visit CTV.ca and eonline.ca to confirm local broadcast times). ETALK also has coverage of a special taped message for Douglas from superstar Celine Dion.

Douglas was in Montreal for a fundraiser for The McGill Head and Neck Cancer Fund, which supports research in the area of head and neck oncology at McGill University and its affiliated hospitals. The cause is close to Douglas’s heart, after his own diagnosis of throat cancer came from the McGill-affiliated Jewish General Hospital last year.

On what he’s thankful for:

“… There’s a big variation in the world in terms of success ratios, success factors, so I’m blessed on that end. And personally, though I never really dealt with any mortality issues because my odds were pretty good, I’m a lot closer to my family, to my friends, which gave me a much deeper appreciation. Smelling the roses, I guess is what you’d call it.”

On explaining cancer to his kids:

“Well, I brought them down to the hospital – I brought my 10-year-old (and) my eight-year-old down, and they saw me getting a radiation treatment and they thought it was like Star Wars – the coolest thing they’ve ever seen with all the machines and the masks they put on your face – but I think you take the fear out of it. It’s such a nebulous, monster, sci-fi, scary aspect, and you try to take that out of it, and be pretty honest. Your kids are pretty resilient.”

On the Montreal Jewish General Hospital:

“… The Montreal Jewish General Hospital identified my cancer. I had been bothered by something for nine months, and it was a visit to the hospital that identified what my issue was. So I was, grateful, appreciative and happy …”

Celine Dion to Douglas:

“From Rene’s personal battle with cancer, we know what you’ve been going through in the past year and are glad to hear that things are looking up. Keep up the fight.”

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