Patrick Swayze’s Widow On When She First Learned About His Cancer Diagnosis


Patrick Swayze is renowned for his unforgettable performances in cinematic classics such as Dirty Dancing and Ghost, where he starred alongside Demi Moore. His portrayal of a murdered man who transcended the boundaries of life and death to connect with his beloved through a psychic medium captivated audiences and established him as a leading actor in the entertainment industry.

However, amidst his flourishing career, tragedy struck when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008. Despite a valiant battle, he succumbed to the illness on September 14, 2009, leaving behind a void in the hearts of fans worldwide. In a recent interview, Lisa Niemi Swayze, his devoted widow, courageously shared the profound challenges she faced in navigating life following her husband’s cancer diagnosis.


Lisa Niemi Swayze speaks on how she found out about Patrick Swayze’s cancer diagnosis


During her guest appearance on the Amy and T.J. Podcast, the late actor’s widow reminisced about a poignant moment when he confided in her about his diagnosis. As she engaged with hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, Lisa Niemi vividly recounted the emotional journey of receiving the news from her beloved spouse.


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“When he first found out he had pancreatic cancer he turned to me and said, ‘I’m a dead man,’ I didn’t know much about pancreatic cancer, but he did, and from what he knew, anytime you heard someone had had pancreatic cancer it was like, ‘Well, he’s out of here,” she explained. “Sure enough, the doctor said you can go ahead and treat it and be as aggressive as you want, but do think about getting your affairs in order sooner rather than later.”


The 67-year-old disclosed that following her discovery, her husband’s diagnosis was incredibly challenging despite her efforts to uphold a hopeful perspective. “My first action was — I called my sister in law who’s a brilliant oncologist in Houston, Texas, and when I told her the news she was like, ‘Oh no, we need a clinical trial for him. I don’t want you to delay. I want you to have him in treatment within a week, come out with guns blazing,'” Lisa Niemi admitted. “Your life turns on a dime, and it’s just never been the same after that. Everything shifted. We kept so positive about everything but I tell you what, it was like living in a complete nightmare 24/7.”


Lisa Niemi also reminisced about Swayze’s unwavering optimism and remarkable determination to cling to life, especially evident during a trip to a New Mexico ranch, where they had a conversation about the possibility of embarking on one last camping trip together before his inevitable passing. “We’re walking along,” she confessed. “It’s a beautiful day, and he looked at me with tears in his eyes, he said, ‘I want to live.'”

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