Doctor: Patrick Swayze Has Cancer
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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Patrick Swayze's doctor has said the actor has actor, and only has a "limited amount of the disease." Actor Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and is currently undergoing treatment." Patricks physician Dr. George Fisher said.
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.
According to the Stanford Hospital Web site, there is a Dr. George Albert Fischer M.D., gastronintestinal oncology, at Stanford Medical Center. It was not certain as of Wednesday afternoon whether this was the same doctor.
There were conflicting reports out about "Dirty Dancing" star Patrick Swayze suffering from terminal cancer.
The National Enquirer claimed in an online report Wednesday that it has learned in a "shocking world exclusive" that Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January and only has five weeks to live.
The Enquirer also said that the cancer has spread to other organs. The report said that Swayze, 55, is receiving radical chemotherapy treatment as an outpatient at the Stanford Medical Center-- minutes from the Palo Alto, Calif., airport, where the actor and his wife, Lisa Niemi, have been flying in to on their private plane.
NBC11 calls to the airport have not been returned.
Gary Migdol of Stanford University said he cannot confirm or deny that Swayze was there due to HIPPA laws.
However, a "very good source" told celebrity blogger Perez Hilton said that Swayze has been at rehearsals on a new cheerleading movie at a studio in Century City, Calif., and "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 on Hilton's blog.
Fox News online, which also reported on the Enquirer's report, said that a call to Swayze's representatives have not been returned.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Swayze had surgery for a "serious gastro-intestinal procedure" at a California hospital in early February.
Swayze has also starred in such films as "Ghost" and "Road House." He has been married to Niemi since 1975.