Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I had no idea he was even sick...but Patrick Swayze has been given just five weeks to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a representative for the actor has confirmed.
Swayze starred in Dirty Dancing, the movie that shaped my adolescence. He was my first crush and I always dreamed of a guy teaching me how to dance like that during a summer vacation at Kellerman's.
The National Enquirer first reported Swayze was diagnosed in late January, and the cancer has spread to other parts of his body. A representative confirmed the report to the New York Post.
Swayze, 55, has been travelling to Stanford University's cancer centre with his wife Lisa Niemi for chemotherapy treatments, the Enquirer reported.
An insider said: "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.
"It's time to start praying for a miracle."
The actor, who made a name for himself in Dirty Dancing and has also starred in Ghost, Point Break and Donnie Darko, is on a liquid diet as he can't keep solids down.
A "very good source" reportedly told blogger Perez Hilton that Swayze had seemed fine on set at his latest movie.
"Patrick has been at rehearsals for a new cheerleading movie at Century City studio frequently lately, and he definitely does not look like he has five more weeks of life left.
"I'm not sure of his medical condition(s), but if he is gravely ill, he is hiding it very well," the source said.
Sufferers of pancreatic cancer typically have a survival rate of less than five per cent.