Patrick Swayze in cancer fight

Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his agent has confirmed. But his doctor Dr George Fisher insisted that reports in the US that the American actor had just five weeks to live were ‘absolutely untrue’. The 55-year-old actor, who became a Hollywood icon thanks to films such as Dirty Dancing and Ghost, is said to be still working and responding well to treatment. Dr Fisher said: “Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far. “All of the reports stating the timeframe of his prognosis and his physical side-effects are absolutely untrue. “We are considerably more optimistic.” Patrick’s agent Annett Wolf added: “Patrick is continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects. “The outpouring of support and concern he has already received from the public is deeply appreciated by Patrick and his family.” The star is currently working on two films, according to movie websites. Both Powder Blue and a television movie called The Beast are scheduled for release later this year.