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With throat tumor gone, Michael Douglas begins 3-year waiting game

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"It’s great news that they can’t see any cancer," said Dr. Bert W. O’Malley, a professor and chairman of the department of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. "He’s over the first hurdle. The next is what happens over the next three years."

Three years is considered the benchmark for deeming such a patient truly cancer-free.