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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Patrick Swayze has five weeks to live?

The National Enquirer is exclusively reporting that Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has five weeks to live:
In a shocking world exclusive, The NATIONAL ENQUIRER has uncovered the devastating news that the beloved Hollywood actor and dancer was diagnosed in late January with pancreatic cancer that has spread to other organs.

For the past month, Patrick, 55, has been traveling to Stanford University's prestigious cancer center in Palo Alto for radical chemotherapy, but his doctors are no longer optimistic that the treatments will be successful.

Patrick and his wife Lisa Niemi — who both have pilot's licenses — have been flying their private Beechcraft plane into Palo Alto's airport, minutes away from the Stanford Cancer Center, where the actor has received outpatient treatment.

He received three doses of chemotherapy and the tumor shrank, but less than his doctors had hoped for — and Patrick was told he should prepare for the end.

"He was told he could have two more treatments, but his cancer was not responding. In short - they held out little hope for a cure," said an insider.

I have trouble believing this. In Hollywood, it's near impossible to keep a secret -- if Swayze has been visiting the Stanford Cancer Center every day for the past month, wouldn't the news surely have leaked by now? There's been no word of a confirmation or a denial from Swayze's camp. The most telling part of the article, though, that makes me call BS is this:
Full details are in the print edition of the NATIONAL ENQUIRER that goes on sale tomorrow.

How convenient.

Patrick Swayze has cancer! He's gonna die in a few weeks! We have all this evidence and proof to show you, but you have to buy the magazine to see it... tomorrow!

I dunno, it sounds like a publicity stunt to me. And this is The National Enquirer -- c'mon, they aren't exactly known for their authenticity. Then, there's this nugget from notorious gossip blogger Perez Hilton:
... [A] very good source just told us the following:

"Patrick has been at rehearsals for a new cheer leading movie at century city studio frequently lately, and he definitely does not look like he has 5 more weeks of life left…im not sure of his medical condition(s), but if he is gravely ill, he is hiding it very well."

IMDB shows no "cheerleading" movie with Swayze attached to it (Google turned up no info, either), but he has signed on to star in a TV movie called "The Beast". If Swayze had terminal cancer and thought he was going to die soon, would he really be signing on to new movie projects? I don't think so.

I guess all we can do is wait and see, but I just have a hard time buying this. If it does turn out to be true, then of course we'll all keep Swayze and his family in our thoughts and prayers.