Val Kilmer confirms cancer rumors, says he's in 'healing' stages

Val Kilmer finally confirmed numerous reports that he was battling cancer during a recent AMA on Reddit. The actor had never acknowledged the rumors as legitimate, but now confirms that he has had a "healing of cancer."

Michael Douglas first revealed Kilmer's oral cancer diagnosis on Halloween last year when speaking to Jonathan Ross about the pair's film "The Ghost and the Darkness." Douglas claimed his co-star had not been seen in public recently due to Kilmer "dealing with exactly what I had, and things don't look too good for him." (Douglas was previously diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer in 2010, but was declared cancer-free following treatment in 2011).

Despite originally denying Douglas' claims — as well as reports involving a possible tumor back in October of 2015 — Kilmer was forthright with a fan during his Reddit AMA on Wednesday:

"A while ago, Michael Douglas claimed you had terminal cancer. What was the story behind that?" the fan questioned.

"He was probably trying to help me cause press probably asked where I was these days, and I did have a healing of cancer," Kilmer replied. "But my tongue is still swollen altho [sic] healing all the time. Because I don't sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather."

While a "healing of cancer" is somewhat unclear clinically, the level of honesty seems to suggest a clean bill of health for the veteran actor.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Tobey Maguire, Owen Wilson and Val Kilmer attend The Broad Museum Black Tie Inaugural Dinner at The Broad on September 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Val Kilmer (L) and his son Jack Kilmer attend a basketball game on Christmas between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Val Kilmer (R) and his son Jack Kilmer attend a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 03: Peter Brant and Val Kilmer attend the Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction at a private residence on December 3, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Best Buddies)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actor Val Kilmer attends the 23rd annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage on September 25, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 852 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Val Kilmer with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on June 13, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Actor Val Kilmer acts on stage while filming the new Terrence Malick movie during day one of Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores on November 2, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Val Kilmer (R) and his son Jack Kilmer attend a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Val Kilmer (L) and his son Jack Kilmer attend a basketball game on Christmas between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
Val Kilmer arriving at the 'Red Dragon' world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. September 30, 2002 . Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images
Matt Dillon and Val Kilmer at the Lewis-Tyson Pre-Fight Party hosted by Showtime Networks at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tn. Saturday, June 8, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
404324 14: Actor Val Kilmer (L) and director D.J. Caruso attend the premiere of the film 'The Salton Sea' April 23, 2002 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Val Kilmer and Nicole Kidman during 1995 ShoWest in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22: Actor Val Kilmer attends the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 22, 1994 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - circa 1990: Actor Val Kilmer. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 2: Actor Val Kilmer attends the Liberty Hill Foundation's Eighth Annual Upton Sinclair Awards on May 2, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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