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Patrick Swayze Gravely Ill But Very Much AliveTim King Salem-News.com
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.
(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.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
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