Michael Douglas is on the mend and ready to get back to work. In his first interview since undergoing aggressive treatment to battle stage 4 throat cancer, the 66-year-old Oscar winner tells the Hollywood Reporter that while the illness has "certainly put a little perspective on mortality" it's also "shown me what family is."

Douglas is already prepping for the title role in director Steven Soderbergh's 'Liberace,' a bio pic of the famed entertainer, which is set to begin shooting in May or June. "I've got a bunch of tapes of performances," Douglas tells THR. "I'm thinking; I'm a blank slate. Everything shows me he was a lovely man; I just want to reconfirm that."

But before Douglas can throw himself into the 'Traffic' director's much-delayed film, his focus is squarely on his health. In January, the 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' star will have a PET scan to determine whether his tumor has been eliminated entirely.