Celebrities: Patrick Swayze

Luciano Pavarotti’s battle with pancreatic cancer


Luciano Pavarotti succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2007. Click here to find out more about the opera legend’s struggles and achievements.

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Patrick Swayze loses his battle with pancreatic cancer


Patrick Swayze, the hunk from ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Point Break’, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008. Despite aggressive initial treatment - including surgery and chemotherapy - the actor lost his battle on September 14, 2009.

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Pancreatic cancer


Pancreatic cancer is a particularly aggressive type of cancer that occurs in the body’s pancreas - a part of the endocrine system and the digestive system. One statistic suggests that only five percent of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are alive five years later. Why is it so aggressive?

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