Patrick Swayze and Barbara Walters
A year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze admits he has been "going through hell."
The actor opened up about his cancer battle with Barbara Walters in his first interview since the diagnosis, set to air Wednesday (10 pm/ET, ABC). "I've never been one to run from a challenge," he told her.
When Walters asked him if he was scared, he said...
Patrick Swayze may be fighting for his life against pancreatic cancer, but he also is battling the tabloids.
The Dirty Dancing star has released a statement to People, responding to recent reports in the National Enquirer that his cancer has spread to his liver and that the actor was preparing for his death by saying goodbye to his family.
Swayze has been responding well to treatment since he was diagnosed earlier this year and recently wrapped filming on his A&E TV series The Beast. The actor called the latest reports "lies" and referred to tabloids as "the only thorn in my side."
Get his full statement after the jump.
Patrick Swayze's progress in his cancer treatment is something to celebrate, but Sunday night the cause for celebration was wrapping filming on his new TV show, The Beast.
Swayze actually filmed his last scene Monday, but the Dirty Dancing star and his wife turned up at the wrap party at Chicago hot spot Underground on Sunday, according to Us.
More details after the jump.
Having pancreatic cancer has been like going through a "battle zone," Patrick Swayze said, but that hasn't stopped him from taking it easy.
In his first interview since revealing his diagnosis this past spring, Swayze shared with The New York Times his struggles with the disease as he continues production on his upcoming cop drama The Beast.
"I just love to work hard," he said, before offering a contradictory punctuation. "I'm still fine to work, I haven't changed — oh, I have changed, what am I saying? It's a ...
Despite the fact that he's in the middle of battling pancreatic cancer, actor Patrick Swayze is proving what a true fighter he is by moving full steam ahead with his latest project. A&E has recently moved forward with Swayze's television series The Beast where the 55-year-old actor stars as an FBI agent in the drama. The show will begin production this summer and is set to air come 2009.
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A&E has ordered 13 episodes of The Beast, a drama series starring Patrick Swayze as an unorthodox FBI agent dogged by Internal Affairs. Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year but has been responding well to treatment, and his doctors cleared him to return to work. "I have searched for quite a long time to find a character that is this multilayered, unpredictable and downright entertaining," says Swayze in a statement, "as well as a project this current and cutting-edged."The Beast and Ben Bratt's The Cleaner (premiering July 15) mark A&E's first original scripted dramas in six years. Production starts this summer in Chicago, says the Reporter, with an eye on an early 2009 bow. Matt MitovichRelated: Swayze: I'm Responding Well to Cancer Treatment Casting News: Swayze's Beastly Role
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Three months and counting after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze has some good news to pass along to fans. In a statement to People, Swayze details the full life he and wife Lisa have been living as of late, welcoming spring and new baby calves at their New Mexico home, attending a birthday soiree in Reno, and hitting the occasional Lakers game. "In the meantime," Swayze says, "I am continuing treatment at Stanford and the great news is I continue to respond well." Remember, this is coming from the guy the Enquirer gave "five weeks to live." Keep up the good fight, Patrick! MWMRelated: Swayze Has "Excellent Response" to Cancer Treatment Swayze Has Cancer; Doc Calls Grim Prognosis "Untrue"
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Some positive news coming from Patrick Swayze's camp, a little over a month after the actor announced he was battling pancreatic cancer. "Patrick Swayze continues to respond well to his treatment," his physician, Dr. George Fisher, tells People. "Because of his excellent response, he will continue the same therapy at Stanford."But Swayze and his missus, Lisa Niemi, think that there's more at work than chemotherapy. "We're thrilled and grateful for the positive response Patrick has shown towards his treatment," the couple tell the mag. "[We] can't help but feel that all the prayers, meditations and good thoughts sent his way by everyone has made a difference. Thank you!" MWMRelated: Patrick Swayze: Friends, Colleagues Send Support Swayze Diagnosed with Cancer; Doc Calls Grim Prognosis "Untrue"
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In the wake of the shocking news that Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer, many friends and colleagues rushed to make statements of support for the star of Dirty Dancing. Swayze's physician, Dr. George Fisher, expressed optimism, saying that the actor "has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far." Whoopi Goldberg gave Swayze credit for her Oscar win. It seems that Swayze lobbied hard for Goldberg to play Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, even going as far as to threaten to back out of the film unless she was cast. "When I won my Academy Award, the only person I really thanked was Patrick," Goldberg said Thursday on The View. A&E chimed in to announce that while The Beast, a pilot that stars Swayze as an unorthodox FBI veteran, is still in contention for pickup, "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." Swayze's Dirt...
Reports have now been confirmed that 55 year-old actor Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Dirty Dancing star is currently undergoing treatment and is reportedly responding well thus far. Unlike earlier reports that Swayze only had weeks to live, the good news is that the star's doctor says his chances are, "considerably more optimistic.