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Swayze released from LA hospital

Patrick Swayze
Swayze's films include Ghost, Dirty Dancing and Road House

Actor Patrick Swayze has been released from hospital one week after checking himself in with pneumonia, his publicist has confirmed.

Annett Wolf would not elaborate on the Dirty Dancing star's condition, but said he was "well enough to have been released", and was resting at home.

The 56-year-old has been battling pancreatic cancer for the last year.

Last week, he told TV interviewer Barbara Walters that he may only survive two years.

Swayze's latest TV show, The Beast, premiered this week on the US cable network A&E.

Experimental treatment

In the drama series, Swayze plays an FBI veteran who trains a rookie partner, played by Travis Fimmel.

According to producers, he was diagnosed with cancer "just four hours" after the show was commissioned.

The Ghost star decided to press ahead with filming while undergoing a rigorous and experimental treatment without painkillers.

He checked himself into hospital for observation last week shortly before he was due to meet the press to discuss the series.

"Chemotherapy can take its toll on the immune system and illnesses are a part of that," A&E executive Robert DeBitetto told reporters.

"Patrick wishes me to tell you that he's very sorry he cannot attend but plans to get back to promoting The Beast soon."

Producers have said filming is completed on all episodes of the first season and they hope Swayze will continue in the role for a second series.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most virulent forms of cancer which medical experts say has a 5% five-year survival rate.

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