To look at recent pictures of Patrick Swayze, it’s clear the actor is facing an uphill battle. Swayze, 56, recently took a turn for the worse in his battle with pancreatic cancer, checking himself into the hospital last month for pneumonia.

But despite reports to the contrary, Patrick is still bravely fighting his cancer — more than a year after he was first diagnosed, and ended up beating his bout of pneumonia in January.

"While he was on antibiotics, his doctors stopped his chemotherapy treatments," a friend of the Dirty Dancing star tells OK!. "That’s standard protocol. But as soon as the antibotics ran their course, he was back on his cancer treatments."

Now Patrick and his wife, Lisa Niemi, 52, are splitting their time between L.A. and New Mexico before his A&E drama, The Beast, finishes its run in April.

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