The story — which was broken, inexplicably, by the National Enquirer — initially reported that Swayze had five weeks to live, but according to a statement released by his agent, things aren’t quite as grim as previously believed:
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.’ Patrick is continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects. The outpouring of support and concern he has already received from the public is deeply appreciated by Patrick and his family.
Survival rates for pancreatic cancer — which is diagnosed in approximately 33,000 Americans every year — are generally rather low, but if anyone can beat it, it’s the guy who played Dalton in Road House. Keep your fingers crossed for Mr. Swayze and his family.