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    I really hope he beats this, cancer is horrible. This is sad.

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    here's what I found on a cancer site:

    Of all those people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, about 10 to 15 in every 100 people (10 to 15%) are alive 1 year later. Sadly, only about 3 out of every 100 people diagnosed (3%) live for at least 5 years after diagnosis. At 10 years after diagnosis the figures are almost the same as those at 5 years. About 2 in every 100 people (2 %) live for at least 10 years

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    best publicity hes had in years!

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    His doc says he has pancreatic cancer but he's not at death's door. Maybe not, but the prognosis for this particular cancer is usually BAD.

    Patrick Swayze, the US dancer and starring actor of such hit films as Dirty Dancing and Ghost, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, published reports said today.

    Swayze, 55, was diagnosed with cancer more than a month ago, the New York Post reported on its website, citing a representative for the actor.

    "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,'' Swayze's physician, Dr George Fisher, said in a statement released to the celebrity website TMZ.com by the actor's publicist.

    Several media reports said the actor was in grave condition with only weeks to live, but the statement on TMZ.com said Swayze was continuing his normal schedule and that he appreciated the "outpouring of concern'' from the public.

    Swayze's spokeswoman declined to comment to Reuters and no further details were available.

    Swayze, 55, is best known for his role as dance instructor Johnny Castle opposite Jennifer Grey's character, infatuated teenager Frances "Baby'' Houseman, in the 1987 movie musical Dirty Dancing.

    The film, which centres on an unlikely romance between the pair at a 1960s resort in the Catskills of New York, defied expectations to become a massive hit, earning both actors Golden Globe Award nominations.

    Swayze performed the song She's Like the Wind for the movie's soundtrack and his signature line, Nobody puts Baby in the corner, has become a pop culture staple.

    Dirty Dancing, which also featured the Oscar-winning song (I've Had) The Time of My Life - remains widely popular two decades later and is replayed almost constantly on TV in the United States.

    Swayze went on to star alongside Demi Moore in the 1990 tear-jerker romance Ghost, which also became a huge box office hit and was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture.

    The Texas-born Swayze, whose dancer-choreographer mother owned a Houston ballet studio, began performing at an early age and got his start in show business as a dancer and on the stage before landing film and TV roles in Hollywood.

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    I remember when Michael Landon announced he had pancreatic cancer... I was in tears.

    As a teen, I fell in love with Patrick when he played Orry Main in North and South.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palermo View Post
    Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. Thanks for giving us the real facts. If it's not too personal, can I ask, is there any way they can test for you and your siblings before it possibly hits?
    I can answer only part of this. My friend's brother is now part of a group study and testing for siblings of PC patients. The only thing that can be done is regular MRI's to see what is going on inside.

    Whatever the real story is with Patrick, if it has spread, that's the best indication to the time he has left. It's when it metasticises is when it goes quickly and chemo does very little.

    I'm wondering how he's managing the pain because it's incredibly painful x 10. Maybe he's in an earlier stage and maybe it hasn't really spread. It's good that the doctors are being optimistic at least in the press. Who know's what the truth is.

    My friend took pain medicine which looked like Anna Nicole's medicine cabinet until they decided that the oral medicine's were no longer effective and they put her on a pain port of Methadone which she carried around like a fanny pack.

    That medicine gave her back a quality of life so to speak where she could function just fine and get the things she needed to get done.

    5 weeks left means that he's in Stage 4b. Only about 50 percent of PC patients are operable. Many times the cancer is attached a main artery which means they can't operate. Then some are put on a chemo schedule of Dositaxil, Gemcitibine and an oral Xeloda chemo pill taken daily. If they see the tumor responding to it and shrinking even a little, they continue the treatments.

    Edited to add (just as GR froze up) that PC is so often asymptomatic which is why there is rarely an early diagnosis. It's the later stages where the pain comes in fast and furious. There doesn't have to be weight loss or jaundice. My friend had a stomach ache and then back ache. Looking back she felt that her heart palpitations were the beginning of it, one year prior. She was given every heart test, monitor and her heart was perfect.
    None of the specialists said, hey, go and have an MRI.
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    My grandma died of pancreatic cancer, as did my husband's step-father. It's one of the last cancers I'd like to have, given a choice. That may sound stupid, but it's BAD NEWS. It has very few symptoms until way too late.

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    Wow, Alice, could you be anymore disrespectful? The man's dying, and all you could care about is trying to rip him a new one. Do you not feel sympathy for anybody, celebrity or not?

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    he's not dying, he's responding to treatment.

    Bet he stops chainsmoking after this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    No, because Patrick Swayzy hasn't done anything to warrant it, besides an awful facelift.
    I am impressed Grimm. And I agree.
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    the second he flashes his vag though, he'll go down like a clown.
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    I remember going to an internist who had the worst bedside manner ever. I had stomach pains, he said does it hurt in your back too? I said no. He said that's good, cause if it did you would probably have pancreatic cancer and that's fatal. I quit going to him immediately. He later told my husband the same damn thing. So now every time I have back pain I think of that.

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    Just a question, which I'm sure will be buried in the rest of the responses...

    What makes pancreatic cancer worse than others? Honest question, not trying to get a rise anywhere. I know my dad was given 6 months to live with Colon cancer, and made it 2 years. I'll be honest and say that I'm not sure of the function of the pancreas, but is that cancer pretty much inoperable? Or just undetctable until it's too late?
    You were lucky to have me. But you know what? I think I already got the best part of you. And she's standing right out there. I don't know... what's left just doesn't look so good anymore. Hope Floats

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    yeah he's not dying....................yet! go back and read the posts
    but ill bow outta this thread ok, just one more thing before i do though, someone mentioned something about him having a career bla bla bla and id like to say that no, he didnt have a career at the moment. same w/ dennis quaid till his twins got sick.
    Quote Originally Posted by Palermo View Post
    I remember going to an internist who had the worst bedside manner ever. I had stomach pains, he said does it hurt in your back too? I said no. He said that's good, cause if it did you would probably have pancreatic cancer and that's fatal. I quit going to him immediately. He later told my husband the same damn thing. So now every time I have back pain I think of that.
    ^ that made me lol a little.

    anyways things happen in 3s dont they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    the second he flashes his vag though, he'll go down like a clown.
    Well that is the point about this site-recognizing the ones who are the asshats ..it is (as much as any of us can be appropriate on a gossip site), a matter of appropriateness. True the chainsmoking is bad, but he has not hurt anyone besides himself, and has not been subjecting us to horrors(see Brit)..driving crazy on drugs(see LaCoCa), killing people while on drugs(see Pete) molesting kids(see Jacko).

    he has been relatively harmless, and has only been hit for his awful PS (and with chainsmoking no wonder he looks older than he should).
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