Swayze Waged Part of Cancer Battle at Stanford

Pancreatic is a particularly deadly form of cancer

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 23: Patrick Swayze attends The Beast Wrap - Party presented by Grey Goose Vodka at The Underground on November 23, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage for Rockit Ranch Productions) *** Local Caption *** Patrick Swayze

    Patrick Swayze, the actor made famous by his performance in "Dirty Dancing" and later for a spoof that made fun of that performance, has died following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Part of that battle included a number of cancer treatments at Stanford Hospital.

    Swayze's publicist says the 57 year-old died at his Southern California home surrounded by family. Swazye, a licensed pilot, would often fly himself to Stanford from Southern California in his private plane with his wife at his side.

    The Stanford treatment occurred several months late last year.  It is not clear when or if they stopped.

    Back in January, Swayze talked about his fight with cancer with Barbara Walters.

    "You can bet that I'm going through hell," he said. "And I've only seen the beginning of it."

    He told Walters he was dreaming of a future with a long and healthy life, saying he didn't want to live in the shadow of cancer, but in the light.