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Apr-19-2009 18:44printcomments

Patrick Swayze Gravely Ill But Very Much Alive

One source reports that Swayze has been undergoing pioneering Cyberknife radiotherapy at California's Stanford University Medical Centre, and had been making a steady recovery from the illness.

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Patrick Swayze is very sick with Pancreatic Cancer.
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(SALEM, Ore.) - Friends, family and fans of actor Patrick Swayze, are holding back tears over the news that the cancer he has been battling, has spread to his liver.

Remembered for his starring and supporting roles in numerous films, he may best be remembered for his roles in The Outsiders, Dirty Dancing, Red Dawn and Ghost.

He's also a fantastic dancer, and I think his best role ever was as Bodie in Point Break.

Swayze was told in January that his pancreatic cancer is terminal, and he has started preparing for death, accordin to reports.

"Patrick recently got word that the cancer had spread to his liver and that is what his doctors said would begin the countdown to the end," a source told National Enquirer magazine.

It isn't just that Patrick Swayze is famous, he is loved by millions and his performances are memorable and historic.

"Patrick knew it was coming because he was suffering increased weakness.

"At times, he was so weak that he could barely walk without feeling faint. Sometimes he feels out of breath and has to sit down."

Reports indicate that the 56-year old actor told Lisa, his wife of 33 years, Lisa, and his brother Donny, that he doesn't have long to live.

"Lisa phoned Donny in Los Angeles and told him he need to come to Chicago, where Patrick has been filming TV show The Beast. She was crying and scared Donny to death," the National Enquirer.

News.com.au reports that Patrick Swayze has been undergoing pioneering Cyberknife radiotherapy at California's Stanford University Medical Centre, and had been making a steady recovery from the illness.

"He has finished filming The Beast in Chicago, where he has been putting in 12-hour days. He went to a party earlier this week to celebrate with Lisa and Donny," the agency reported.

"I'm still fine to work, I haven't changed - oh, I have changed, what am I saying? It's a battle zone I go through. Chemo, no matter how you cut it, is hell on wheels," he told The New York Times.

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ivory August 13, 2011 5:11 am (Pacific time)

Patrick may u rest n peace baby. I've alwas been a huge and the biggest fan. I miss u so much. I love u sweetie. U are a strong person and brave. It wouldn't have mattered if u stoped smoking or not. The damage waslready done. 3 days after u passed away my mother in law.passed away from the same thing. I love u Patrick.


Joanne June 13, 2009 12:33 pm (Pacific time)

I know you will be there for all you know and love when their time comes, but keep that positive attitude, laugh and be happy, that could very well be your cure. My sister has cancer of the stomach , had surgery, chemo and it has been 5 yrs. She stays positive and happy and the doctors are amazed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Jennifer June 12, 2009 8:04 pm (Pacific time)

I believe that there are natural cures out there for cancer and other diseases but the fda wont approve of it because they wont make any money off of it. I wish Patrick S. Wouldnt give up on his battle, they arent God.


Purple37Rose May 24, 2009 1:08 pm (Pacific time)

Stop smoking!


terrina kristin alexander May 17, 2009 8:14 pm (Pacific time)

I pray for you Patrick to me your inspiring and your story on Barabara Walters Show made me realize stop feeling sorry for myself and enjoy the blessed days I do have with my beautiful two girls that I adore with every fiber in my body and soul. Love you always!


Melanie May 15, 2009 10:17 pm (Pacific time)

Mr. Swayze I am truly sorry for what you are facing in your life. No matter when you leave this world I pray that you will have publicly accepted The Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Please know that you will not leave this world one second before your appointed time. I pray that the Lord will bless and keep you and your family.


May 13, 2009 8:23 am (Pacific time)

patrick i know you can do it try to fight it as best as you can


John West May 11, 2009 9:21 pm (Pacific time)

For those of Faith, death of the body is merely a transition from one form of life to the next. On his journey, this man, whose rare gifts have elevated him above the rest of us in this world, will take with him the love, honor and respect of millions.... Before long, we'll once again be graced with his company when we're together again in the next phase of our own existence. So, rather than "good-bye," it's "until we meet, again!" God bless Mr. Swayze and all those he loves.


Lori May 7, 2009 10:09 pm (Pacific time)

Patrick, What Cancer cannot do: It cannot take your memories, it cannot stop love, it can't stop your heart from dancing. If you can live through chemo.. than you know it's a personal hell no one can relate to unless it's happened to them. Love conquers. Cancer can't take your determination. Legacy.. dance like no one is watching. You have given us more than we can ever return. Comfort and peace be yours. PS no one salsas or rumbas like you do.. life lessons learned..


nativekatdancer May 7, 2009 4:34 pm (Pacific time)

The love, you take it with you. I pray for Your Peace Patrick, whatever the Lord wishes..


Sonia Zavala May 6, 2009 6:30pm May 7, 2009 4:32 pm (Pacific time)

patrick Sorry that your going through this difficult time my prayers go out to you and your family love you and you will never be forgotten :)


Betty from central new york May 6, 2009 5:09 pm (Pacific time)

i can`t believe what is happening to such a person as patrick, i love him i have all his movies i will cherish them til i leave this world,god bless him and you are in our prayers


sally May 6, 2009 8:53 am (Pacific time)

I'm so sory for you. I wish you'll be ok, because you are a good person. I'll pray for you Patrick. God bless you!!!


Stephany May 6, 2009 12:15 am (Pacific time)

My heart and prayers go out to Patrick and his family. He is an amazing person and I admire the unbelievable strength he has shown. He is a hero. God bless.


JohnL May 5, 2009 5:59 pm (Pacific time)

I will say a prayer for you and your family Mr Swayze. The Lord works in mysterious ways and it's not over until it's over. Keep up the fight!


Frances Stevens May 5, 2009 5:59 am (Pacific time)

dear Patrick iso love you you are a wonderful insperation to other my favororite movie is dirty dancing and i am going to br heartbroken when you leave us forever i hope you do see the angels you are loved and will be missed love you


Cesar May 3, 2009 10:53 pm (Pacific time)

God bless you Patrick, you're a fighter, i love the work you done and tahnk you so much for it.


Andy Maidment (UK) May 3, 2009 4:00 pm (Pacific time)

What an inspiration, in song and film and life!! and such an amazing person, and fighter, and what such a family he has supporting him (yes and all the millions of us fans too!!) All our love and faith to you. xxxx


Emma May 3, 2009 3:56 pm (Pacific time)

My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family. Keep on fighting. :-)


nott May 2, 2009 9:21 pm (Pacific time)

my friend had terminal pancreatic cancer with 6 months to live and he did the incurables pgm 2 times(60)days---at www.herbdoc.com and it went into remission.my other friend had brain and prostate cancer terminal with 6-8 months to live,and he went to tree of ife in pantagonia,arizona,run by dr gabriel cousins and he is presently-cancer free.both places have EXTENSIVE track records of success.why do people go to these quack oncologists?dr day says they dont know what they are doing.www.drday.com--google video dr. richard shulze


Niall May 2, 2009 10:03 pm (Pacific time)

It's funny how someone we'll never meet can affect us so much. In a sense, we all know Patrick, without really knowing him at all. I'm not a sensitive person, but thinking about his situation get's me depressed, almost teary. My Dad died of Pancreatic Cancer, two weeks after diagnosis. I am so sorry for what your going through. May God bless you, From Northern Ireland


nott May 2, 2009 9:20 pm (Pacific time)

my friend had terminal pancreatic cancer with 6 months to live and he did the incurables pgm 2 times(60)days---at www.herbdoc.com and it went into remission.my other friend had brain and prostate cancer terminal with 6-8 months to live,and he went to tree of ife in pantagonia,arizona,run by dr gabriel cousins and he is presently-cancer free.both places have EXTENSIVE track records of success.why do people go to these quack oncologists?dr day says they dont know what they are doing.www.drday.com--google video dr. richard shulze


Anonymous May 2, 2009 9:16 pm (Pacific time)

Throughout my life I have been given the gift of insight from angles - spirits - whatever you wish to call them. I guess it must have been around a month ago that I was given a vision of Mr. Swayze. I won't say whether or not this vision was valid. Only Mr. swayze and his wife will ever know. But I lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer two years ago, and understand the battle. Maybe that's why I was shown this vision. Anyway, I don't really know of any other way to share the thing with the two - or just the one that needs to know most, but it is too precious and privileged to be kept to myself. The vision was really for Mrs. Swayze on behalf of her husband. Weird sounding I know. But the same thing happened when a friend lost her husband and his spirit sent me a message - later verified by the friend by the clothes he wore in the vision (same ones he transitioned this life in). In the vision of Mr. Swayze, he had transitioned this life and was trying to communicate to his wife. Sometimes I am privy to private moments and sometimes the angle or spirit will speak to me directly. He was sending her a song "Save The Last Dance For Me" (I'd never heard the version I was shown in this vision but a family member had it on their I-Pod and played it and it matched.) The big thing - beyond the beautiful song and sentiment was the overwhelming sense of peace and joy his spirit exuded. His message was that he would always be with her. Pretty awesome. I always feel a little embarassed by such a thing - but truly lovely for her and for him. Something I know I'm supposed to share - just don't know how to do so, so I just popped it up on this board thing. But what the hell - things are what they are. Sometimes we have no idea what is in our world that we know deeply - but can't explain. Good speed and peace to them both. Blessed be your transition.


cindy May 1, 2009 8:02 pm (Pacific time)

My mom just passed away from pancreatic cancer last friday. she was first diagnosed 31 years ago and had a whipple procedure done and it came back in december. my mother was a fighter!! dont give up hope! doctors told her 31 years ago, she had a 2% chance of surviving for more than 5 years!! rest in peace momma!!

Editor: She sounds like an amazing and inspiring woman, thanks for sharing!


Linda G. April 29, 2009 10:09 pm (Pacific time)

The watching eye that guards the Way sees our journey through another day and on the voyage we place our trust in that which made us from the dust. Each day is given and, step by step, we follow the path as it is set. I hold bright Hope, and raise it high, eternal light from that same eye. I bow my head .. my prayers flow, "Oh Greater Power please make it so". The watching eye that guards the Way sees our journey through another day and on the voyage we place our trust in that which made us from the dust. Each day is given and, step by step, we follow the path as it is set. Amen My Thoughts and Praiers are with you and your family.


Terri Frianklin April 29, 2009 1:27 pm (Pacific time)

My prayers are with you and your family. I have been a fan of Patric Swayze's for A long time the first time I saw Ghost I cryed so much. But I pray for you and hope God will touch you and your faliy. I watch your moies alot I injoy Dirty Dancing, your a wonderful actor I know your movies will live on for many years to come. women and and young ladys wish they all had a part to act with you, I know I do. Mr. Swayze you and your family are in my hear and prayer's. May God bless you always. Love from A BIG FAN. April 29,09


SHARI April 28, 2009 6:32 am (Pacific time)

God Bless you and your family keep on fighting!!! your in our prayers


MALENA O April 27, 2009 6:07 pm (Pacific time)

HAVE LOVE ALL YOUR MOVIES AND I LOVE YOU AND I WISH THIS WASNT HAPPENING TO YOU MAY GOD BE WITH YOU


Bekim April 27, 2009 6:11 pm (Pacific time)

I am Bekim Fazliu,from Kosova,I am Albanian.Since the series North and South,I am very big fan of Patrick Swayze.That was the first time I knew him.Since than I have collected all of his movies.He is my hero,my Idol.I am so said about his illnes.


MALENA O April 27, 2009 6:09 pm (Pacific time)

HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN AND REALLY SAD THAT HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE GOING THROUGH THIS YOULL BE IN MY PRAYERS


Bekim April 27, 2009 6:06 pm (Pacific time)

Hi I`am Bekim Fazliu from Kosova,I am Albanian.Since from series North and South,I`am very big fan of Patrick Swayze.That is the first time when I knew him.Since than,I have collected all of his movies.He was my hero.my idol.I am so sad about his illnes.


MALENA O April 27, 2009 6:05 pm (Pacific time)

HAVE LOVE ALL YOUR MOVIES AND I LOVE YOU AND I WISH THIS WASNT HAPPENING TO YOU MAY GOD BE WITH YOU


VIC S. April 26, 2009 1:12 am (Pacific time)

PATRICK SWAYZE IS A HERO. NOT BECAUSE HE IS FAMOUS AND WELL KNOWN. SIMPLY BECAUSE THRU-OUT HIS WHOLE FIGHT WITH CANCER, HE HAS NEVER ONCE GIVEN INTO THE DISEASE. HE HAS FOUGHT THE HARD FIGHT AND CONTINUES TO THIS VERY DAY. HE SHOULD NOT JUST BE AN INSPIRATION TO OTHER CANCER VICTIMS, BUT TO US ALL IN GENERAL. NEXT TIME YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T HANDLE WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE, JUST THINK ABOUT HOW MR. SWAYZE CHOSE TO NEVER GIVE UP, NO MATTER WHAT. HE HAS CHOSEN TO LIVE HIS LIFE TO THE PEDAL TO THE MEDAL EVEN RIGHT UP UNTIL THE END. I WISH PATRICK SWAYZE AND HIS WIFE, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY MEMBERS ALL THE BEST. MAY PATRICK FIGHT AS LONG AS HE CAN AND WHEN THE TIME COMES, MAY HE LEAVE THIS WORLD AT PEACE WITH HIMSELF KNOWING THAT SOMEDAY THERE WILL IN FACT BE A CURE.


mark m. jr. April 25, 2009 9:19 pm (Pacific time)

Patric, you did well fighting this, love your family as you have all these years and enjoy every second of life, you will be missed but never forgotten. much love to you and your family


mark m jr. April 25, 2009 9:23 pm (Pacific time)

Patric, you did good fighting this, keep loving your family like you have, enjoy every second with them, your a great person and you will be with us for our remaining days, your still alive on the screen !!


Marianne April 25, 2009 2:27 pm (Pacific time)

April 25,09 May God Bless You and Your Family. I lost my father 11 years ago from this UGLY disease and can only say It was a very hard not only for you but also for your loved ones. My prayers are with you and yours, Keep your head high!I will ALWAYS be a fan of Yours. Stay Strong keep smiling.


Sophie April 25, 2009 1:08 pm (Pacific time)

You are a miracle on the screen and in our life because of your unique attitude towards this terrible disease.


Henrik April 24, 2009 3:28 pm (Pacific time)

jesus be with him and his family, poor guy.


Lisa April 24, 2009 8:32 am (Pacific time)

Patrick I have watched you since I was a young girl. Always thought you were hot. It will be a great loss for everyone when you go. Loved you for along time. Best of everything for your and your wife.


Barbara April 23, 2009 8:32 am (Pacific time)

I just want to say that I am in awe of you Patrick, and of your loving wife. I watched your interview with Barbara W. and I was so moved by the visable love between the two of you. I wish you the very best and God Bless You both.


Lin April 22, 2009 8:39 pm (Pacific time)

I also have cancer and yes, chemo is hell on wheels. But when it works, it's great and worth it. I am so deeply sorry to see that it's spread to the liver. I'm keeping you and your family in my daily prayers. You do not walk alone in this fight.


Vicki April 22, 2009 5:34 pm (Pacific time)

My heart goes out to Patrick and his family. I really wish they would find a cure for this awful disease. If I could buy a miracle I would.


Joe April 20, 2009 7:15 pm (Pacific time)

As far as I can see, Patrick has kicked this cancer's ass harder than anyone. Whatever he's been doing, he did it right. I stand in awe of him.


Kyla April 20, 2009 7:06 am (Pacific time)

I so Sorry But I Still Love U I am A Big Fan.


Kyla April 20, 2009 7:06 am (Pacific time)

I so Sorry But I Still Love U I am A Big Fan.


Judy April 19, 2009 7:21 pm (Pacific time)

Not to be a sour grape. But, my sister past away this past summer from Pancreatic Cancer. She was diagnosed in January of 2008 and died on June 29, 2008. The cancer spread to her liver as well. I have agree with Patrick, the chemo therapy is hell, because I remember my sister when they increased the dosage it was down hill from then on. During that time she developed jaundiced and her kidney's failed. We miss us, but know that she is well taken care of.

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