Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer, his publicist has confirmed stating, "Actor Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is currently undergoing treatment." Patrick's physician, Dr. George Fisher states, “Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far. All of the reports stating the timeframe of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue. We are considerably more optimistic.”
It had been reported earlier by the National Enquirer, who broke the sad news first, that Swayze was diagnosed a month ago, but the cancer had already spread to other parts of his body - making his chances of survival slim. The average life expectancy of someone diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas is six to nine months, with only 4 percent of patients living more than five years.
Patrick Swayze was one of the leading male actors of the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s earning his claim to fame in the movies Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Roadhouse and Red Dawn. Patrick recently wrapped filming on the A&E TV pilot The Beast.
A&E released the follwin statement: "A&E recently completed a pilot with Patrick Swayze called The Beast, which is in contention to become one of the new drama series on the network. However, at this time all of our thoughts are solely with Patrick and his family. We are all wishing for a speedy recovery to a truly gifted actor."
Our sympathy goes out to the Swayze family. We pray that Patrick will make a full recovery so that he may continue to to bless and entertain us with his gifts and talents.