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Patrick Swazye battling cancer

NDTV Correspondent

Thursday, March 6, 2008: (Los Angeles):

Hollywood star Patrick Swayze is fighting pancreatic cancer. The 55-year-old star, famous for his roles in Dirty Dancing and Ghost is battling one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

Earlier claims by a US magazine that the actor had just five weeks to live have been denied by his doctor, who says the actor is responding well to treatment.

"Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far," Swayze's doctor, George Fisher, was quoted as saying yesterday.

"All of the reports stating the time frame of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue. We are considerably more optimistic."

Swayze's representative said the actor, who was voted Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 1991, was "continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects."

The popular leading hunk appeared in a slew of movies in the 1980s and 1990s, including Youngblood, Red Dawn, Road House and Point Break.

Tabloids including the National Enquirer and New York Post first reported Swayze's diagnosis, with both describing it as more serious than the actor's representatives let on.

"Pancreatic cancer spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is a major reason why it's a leading cause of cancer death," the US-based Mayo Clinic says on its webste, calling it "one of the most serious of cancers." (With AFP inputs)
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