Patrick Swayze reveals his tough battle with cancer in Barbara Walters interview

January 6, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Barbara Walters has an exclusive interview with Patrick Swayze, that airs Wednesday night at 10 pm on ABC.

Swayze amazingly stars in a new show “The Beast,” which he filmed while battling pancreatic cancer, which had already spread to his liver before he was even diagnosed.

In 5 months of filming Swayze has missed only a day and a half of work, and he never took medicine for his physical pain. Swayze tells Walters:

“When you’re shooting, you can’t do drugs. I can’t do Hydrocodone or Vicodin or these kinds of things that take the edge off of it, ’cause it takes the edge off of your brain.”

As for how he figured out something was wrong, it was exactly one year ago while celebrating New Year’s:

“I tried to have champagne, and it would be like pouring acid, you know, on an open wound.”
Soon he found “my indigestion issues got gigantic and constant. And then I started thinking, I’m getting skinny. I dropped about 20 pounds in the blink of an eye. And then when you see it in the mirror, when all of a sudden, you pull your eyes down and the bottom of your eyes go yellow and jaundice sets in — then you know something’s wrong.”

Swayze has defied the tabloids that had him at death’s door when his diagnosis became public but he reveals to Walters it’s been a very tough road.

“You can bet that I’m going through hell,” Swayze says to Walters. “And I’ve only seen the beginning of it.”

“There’s a lot of fear here,” he adds. “There’s a lot of stuff going on. Yeah, I’m scared. Yeah, I’m angry. Yeah, I’m [asking] why me. Yeah, I’m all this stuff.”

Look for more of the interview Wednesday at 10 pm and chck out “The Beast” premiere on A&E on January 15.

Reported by: Hot Momma Celebrity Gossip


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