Patrick Swayze is prepared to do anything, go the distance, fight the good fight - even undergoing painful chemotherapy - in his battle against life-threatening pancreas cancer. Well, everything BUT give up his 3-pack-a-day cigarette habit?
In a cover story in the National Enquirer, Swayze was shown with a cigarette in his mouth after leaving Stanford Cancer Center for a treatment last week.
Facing the possibility of death within months after his pancreatic diagnosis, the Dirty Dancing star is still upbeat and ready to fight, his sister-in-law says. "I've never seen him scared of anything!" Maria Haapaniemi told Us magazine.
"He deals with everything the same way: He's determined, enthusiastic, full of energy and hope," she insisted.
Swayze's family told The Sun he is undergoing experimental treatment to save his life and is “determined to beat” pancreatic cancer. Swayze is enduring weekly chemotherapy combined with a new drug.
His mother Patsy said: “It breaks my heart to know he’s suffering. “But he bears it. He’s hanging in there and getting the best treatment he can. He doesn’t deserve to get this. He’s got such a big heart.”