Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Patrick Swayze diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; has five weeks to live

Patrick SwayzeDirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze has five weeks to live, according to a shocking new report from the US.

The actor, 55, was reportedly diagnosed in late January with pancreatic cancer that has spread to other organs.

For the past month, the actor and dancer has been traveling to Stanford University's prestigious cancer center in Palo Alto for radical chemotherapy, but his doctors are no longer optimistic that the treatments will be successful, according to the National Enquirer.

Patrick and wife Lisa Niemi — who are both qualified pilots — have been flying their private Beechcraft plane into Palo Alto's airport, minutes away from the Stanford Cancer Center, where Swayze -- who has starred in films such as, Road House, Father Hood & Donnie Darko, has received outpatient treatment.

Swayze -- who has previously attended a clinic to overcome alcoholism after his sister Vicky died from an overdose of painkillers in 1994 -- received three doses of chemotherapy and the tumor shrank, but less than his doctors had hoped for — and Patrick was told he should prepare for the end.

"He was told he could have two more treatments, but his cancer was not responding. In short - they held out little hope for a cure," said an insider.

The man who danced into the hearts of audiences worldwide in his breakthrough role as the dance instructor in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, and then broke them in the poignant love story Ghost in the early '90s, has reportedly lost more than 20 pounds in the past few weeks and is restricted to a liquid diet because he has trouble keeping down solid food, the insider told the Enquirer.

"It's time to start praying for a miracle."

By Owen Williams, Mar 05 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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