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Swayze diagnosed with cancer

10th March 2008

Support has poured in from around the world for American actor Patrick Swayze, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.


Swayze, 55, is currently undergoing treatment and is continuing with his filming schedule. But reports that the "Dirty Dancing" star had only five weeks to live were "absolutely untrue", his doctor said.

The news broke last week of the diagnosis last month for the star of the hit film "Ghost".

Swayze's doctor, George Fisher, said the actor's disease was very limited, and that he appeared to be responding well to treatment so far.

"All of the reports stating the timeframe of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue," Fisher added.

Swayze will continue his normal schedule, including working on upcoming movie projects, his agent Annett Wolf told reporters.

Swayze and his family extended their deep appreciation for the public outpouring of concern and support, she said.

Messages of support have come from Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze's "Dirty Dancing" co-star, who expressed her sadness at the actor's diagnosis.

Grey has sent her best wishes for a swift recovery to the actor. Whoopi Goldberg and Lea Thompson, Swayze's co-stars in "Ghost" and "Red Dawn", have also offered the actor their support.

Swayze, who originally trained as a dancer, is believed to be working on two films due for release this year.

Swayze began his career on stage, making a mark with his portrayal of Danny Zuko in the Broadway production of "Grease". Best-known from "Ghost" and "Dirty Dancing", the actor returned to musicals in 2003 when he joined the Broadway cast of "Chicago".

The Texas-born actor made his debut in London's West End in 2006, in the musical "Guys and Dolls".

The Golden Globe-winning, £2.5 million hit "Dirty Dancing" took the world by surprise in 1987, becoming in later years the first film ever to sell a million copies on video.


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