Patrick Swayze has issued an exclusive statement to People, hitting back against the mounting Internet reports claiming he is near death as his pancreatic cancer has spread to his liver. Despite media outlets' claim that he has already said goodbye to family and friends, he insists he responds well to treatment and has been "winning" the battle with the disease.
"Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive disease and from the moment I was diagnosed, I knew I was in for the fight of my life. It's a battle, and so far, I've been winning. I'm one of the lucky few that responds well to treatment," so he says in the statement. "It's upsetting that the shoddy and reckless reporting from these publications cast a negative shadow on the positive and good fight I'm fighting. For me, my family, and those close to me, it amounts to downright emotional cruelty. That makes me angry when hope is so precious."
Patrick says further, "I'm very proud of the work I've done on my new series The Beast, and I am happy to be back home for the holidays. It's a great feeling of accomplishment to say you're gonna do something and do it." He adds, "The only thorn in my side being that many tabloids have been consistently reporting lies and false information about me and those close to me. And latest, they're reporting that I'm on my last legs and saying goodbye to my tearful family!"
Despite the false mounting reports concerning his battle with pancreatic cancer, Patrick still appreciates "all the love and support people have sent and continue to send" to him. "I thank you," the actor concludes his statement sent exclusively to People.
Patrick Swayze had his representative confirming in early March this year that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He had since been undergoing pioneering Cyberknife radiotherapy at California's Stanford University Medical Center and had been making a steady recovery from the illness.