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Swayze Responds "Well" To Cancer Treatment

Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi attend a party at the grand opening of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007.
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Actor Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his rep confirms to The ShowBuzz.

The star of such movies as "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

"Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far," said Swayze's physician, Dr. George Fisher. "All of the reports stating the timeframe of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue. We are considerably more optimistic."


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"Patrick is continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects," added his publicist, Annett Wolf. "The outpouring of support and concern he has already received from the public is deeply appreciated by Patrick and his family."

Swayze, 55, was diagnosed with the illness a month ago. According to the National Pancreas Foundation, the disease is almost always fatal.

A professional dancer before pursuing his movie career, Swayze was nominated for a Golden Globe for "Dirty Dancing," and for his work opposite Demi Moore in "Ghost." His other movies include "Roadhouse" and "To Wong Foo With Love, Julie Newmar."

Chosen as 1991's Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, Swayze has been married to Lisa Niemi for 32 years.

He recently completed two feature films: "Jump!" and "Powder Blue," which do not have release dates at this time. In addition, Swayze recently completed filming an A&E pilot "The Beast," which is in contention to become one of the new drama series on the network.