We love a fighting spirit and that's exactly why we are rooting for actor Patrick Swayze. A pilot television series starring Patrick Swayze is still in contention to become a series, despite the actor's recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the network A&E has confirmed.
The actor's doctor is very optimistic about his prognosis and says he is responding well to treatment.
So if the show, entitled The Beast, is picked up, the actor hopes to be a part of it, his representative Annett Wolf said. "Patrick is continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects."
In The Beast, Swayze plays what has been described as a seasoned but unorthodox FBI veteran, is "in contention to become one of the new drama series on the network," cable network A&E said. "However, at this time all of our thoughts are solely with Patrick and his family. We are all wishing for a speedy recovery to a truly gifted actor."
Swayze has been undergoing treatment at Stanford University's cancer centre and is under the care of oncologist Dr. George Fisher. In a statement, Dr Fisher contradicted reports the actor was terminally ill with just weeks to live. "All of the reports stating the time frame of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue. We are considerably more optimistic."
However, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest types of the disease. The National Cancer Institute estimates there will be 37,680 new cases of pancreatic cancer in 2008 with 34,290 deaths in the US - only five percent of patients live more than five years after diagnosis.
YardFlex is happy to hear more encouraging news instead of what was previous reported on another internet site.