I hesitate to post this for fear of jinxing it, but the Daily Mail reports, based largely on these side-by-side pictures, the left from back in April, the right a recent shot of him looking healthier, that Patrick Swayze may be winning his battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Dirty Dancing star, 56, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early last year, appeared to have gained a little weight and grown some of his hair back. He had even added a goatee. Tubes thought to be catheters for his chemotherapy could be seen hanging in front of his shirt but Swayze was smiling and even indulging in a couple of cigarette breaks.
It is thought he had an advanced form of radiotherapy which is offering new hope to sufferers. The CyberKnife technique shoots hundreds of beams of radiation at hard-to-reach tumours. Last week cancer patient Robert Ferrant, 62, became one of the first in the UK to have the procedure. Mr Ferrant, from Jersey, said the treatment meant he ‘actually had hope of a cure’ [Ed. note - not sure the patient is the best person to ask in cases such as these...]. The machine, which was reportedly also used by Swayze, shoots hundreds of beams of radiation at difficult-to-reach tumours. It moves with the patient’s breathing, meaning it can target tumours deemed inoperable due to their proximity to major blood vessels.
I don’t go in for a lot of this science crap, so allow me to explain this for the layperson. Imagine the CyberKnife standing outside your cells wearing a tight black t-shirt. Cancer walks into your body and the CyberKnife stands in front of it with its arms folded across its chest and says, “Sorry, body’s closed.” Then the cancer will be like, “Yeah? Well then what are those cells doing?” And the CyberKnife will say, all calm like, “Dancing and having a good time.” Then if the cancer still tries to come in, the CyberKnife beats the crap out of it with karate and tells it to go back to barber college.