"Dirty Dancing" star Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is currently undergoing treatment, a representative for the actor said Wednesday in a written statement.
The statement was issued following a report earlier in the day by the National Enquirer in which the tabloid said Swayze, 55, had five weeks to live because doctors in late January had diagnosed pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs.
However, Swayze's rep says the star is continuing his normal work schedule, including working on several unnamed projects, and Swayze's doctor says the reports of terminal cancer are unfounded.
"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," Swayze's physician Dr. George Fisher said in a statement.
For the past month, Swayze, has been traveling to Stanford University's prestigious cancer center in Palo Alto for radical chemotherapy, the Enquirer reported, which also quoted sources as saying he had received three doses of chemotherapy. The tumor shrank, but less than his doctors had hoped for, the Enquirer reported.