Which Celebrities Have Had Cancer?
Patrick Swayze, who became a household name when he starred as Johnny Castle in the hit 1987 movie ‘Dirty Dancing,’ was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in January 2008.
In response to questions of whether or not Swayze would turn to unproven alternative medicine to treat his cancer, he said, “That’s one thing I’m not gonna do, is chase, is chase staying alive. I’m not, you know, you’ll spend so much time chasing staying alive you won’t live, you know? I wanna live.”
After the cancer worsened and spread to his liver, Swayze passed away on September 14, 2009. He was 57 years old.
Commedienne Wanda Sykes told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that she had been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, a stage zero breast cancer, in 2011. She had a bilateral mastectomy in order to avoid getting full-blown breast cancer.