Patrick Swayze's 'excellent' response

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 April 2008

Patrick Swayze's 'excellent' response

Patrick Swayze is responding "excellently" to his cancer treatment.

The 'Dirty Dancing' actor - who revealed he is suffering from pancreatic cancer last month - is thrilled with his progress and thanked fans for their well wishes.

He and his wife Lisa Niemi said in a statement: "We're thrilled and grateful for the positive response Patrick has shown towards his treatment.

"Also, we can't help but feel that all the prayers, meditations and good thoughts sent his way by everyone has made a difference. Thank you!"

Patrick's doctor George Fisher also revealed he is delighted with the actor's progress, saying: "Patrick Swayze continues to respond well to his treatment for pancreatic cancer. Because of his excellent response, he will continue the same therapy at Stanford."

The 'Point Break' star has been undergoing chemotherapy, but not radiation treatment, his representative confirmed.

Last month, it was claimed the 55-year-old actor was taking experimental drug Vatalanib in a bid to beat the potentially-fatal disease.

Vatalanib blocks the growth and spread of cancer by affecting molecules specifically involved in carcinogenesis - the process which turns normal cells into cancerous cells.

Experimental drugs are generally only used on patients suffering from a terminal illness.

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