Patrick Swayze hid his cancer pain just to be on the set of The Beast

January 9th, 2009 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 9 (ANI): American actor Patrick Swayze, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer, has been hiding the pain caused by the illness so that he could be on the set of his new TV show The Beast.

For Swayze, getting up and dressing took him three hours each morning, but he was so determined to make it to the set that he hid the excruciating pain he was experiencing from the cast and crew, and even his wife Lisa.

The actor, who worked Monday to Friday on location in Chicago, Illinois for five months, and who on weekends underwent gruelling chemotherapy in California, told broadcaster Barbara Walters about his ordeal.

It was incredibly hard. I was never collapsing on set. No one saw me moan like a girly loser man, the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

If I had a six o” clock call, I would wake up at three in the morning to try and get the plumbing going.

What the cancer does is shut off the exit from your stomach and shut off all the bile ducts in your liver. When you shut off the bile ducts they start dumping all the toxins into your body. That’’s where the jaundice comes from. That’’s when you start going downhill fast.

It takes me hours to get things flowing in both directions. There would be many mornings I”d wake up curled up on a bathmat trying to stifle a scream so I wouldn”t wake Lisa, he added. (ANI)

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