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Patrick Swayze’s Widow Lisa Niemi: The Tabloids Robbed Us of Hope as My Husband Fought for His Life

More than a year after Patrick Swayze succumbed to pancreatic cancer, his wife still shudders at the thought of how the media tossed gasoline on her tragedy by fabricating tales of the star’s condition.

Interviewed on The Stupid Cancer Show, Lisa Niemi recalls the heartbreaking 22 months she spent helping Patrick fight for his life after his July 2007 diagnosis.

CAPTION: "Me crying all the time wasn't gonna help," Lisa (above with Patrick) tells us of helping care for her husband. "I always thought, I'm gonna cry later."

"Me crying all the time wasn't gonna help," Lisa (above with Patrick) tells us of helping care for her husband. "I always thought, I'm gonna cry later."

“They were pretty much killing him off every other week,” Lisa, who was married to the Dirty Dancing star for 34 years, tells hosts Matthew Zachary and Lisa Bernhard of the tabloids.

“I was giving him tearful goodbyes, he was lapsing, and they were showing photos of his father and sister’s grave with an arrow pointing to where Patrick wanted to be buried—which was not true.

“This was like every other week. Here they are putting on this national- and international-level kind of Continue reading

Flashback to Fran Drescher: Someone at Cedars-Sinai Outted My Cancer Surgery

What’s the world coming to when a cancer patient can’t even get treatment in private?

That’s the question Fran Drescher grappled with while opening up to us back in November about her frightening battle with the disease.

CAPTION: "I'm not glad I had cancer. I don't wish it on anyone. But I am better for it," Fran (above) told us.

"I'm not glad I had cancer. I don't wish it on anyone. But I am better for it," Fran (above) told us.

Interviewed on The Stupid Cancer Show, The Nanny star—who was diagnosed with uterine cancer in June 2000— recalled how being a celebrity became a liability during her ordeal.

“After two years and eight doctors—when I finally was told I did have cancer—the next week I was in [Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A.] getting major surgery,” Fran told host Matthew Zachary.

“I hadn’t really wrapped my mind around what that was and what the ramifications were— for a woman to have a radical hysterectomy when she had not had children yet.

“But I was already outed by Continue reading

Charlotte’s Hubby Helps Young Adults Get a ‘Handle’ on Cancer

Surviving AND prospering.

Evan: Surviving AND prospering.

You know him as Sex and the City featured cast-member Harry Goldenblatt, the attorney who swept Charlotte York off her feet – then walked her down the aisle.

Or maybe you know him for his work on other hit TV series, like Six Feet Under, Law & Order and The West Wing.

Either way, now you can get to know Evan Handler as a long- time cancer survivor.

Tonight on The Stupid Cancer Show, host Matthew Zachary – himself a 13-year cancer survivor – welcomes Evan for a discussion on what’s being done for young adults with cancer on the patient-rights, health-insurance, education, employment, fertility, social-networking and other fronts.

stupid-cancer-show2Diagosed with leukemia at age 24, Evan, now 47, is also author of It’s Only Temporary…The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive, a personal memoir published in May 2008.

With ‘Sex’-y wife Kristin Davis.

With ‘Sex’-y wife Kristin Davis.

Matthew, now 34, was 21 when he was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer. A college senior and aspiring concert pianist at the time, Matthew was en route to film school to become a com- poser when he lost use of his left hand – and was told he’d likely never perform again.

Thirten years, four albums and scores of concerts later, Matthew’s struggle to get busy living has inspired thousands. And in 2007, the budding entrepreneur founded the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation.

“It's time. It's our time. It's about time,” says Matthew about advancements in cancer research, treatment and lifestyle.

“It's time. It's our time. It's about time,” says Matthew about advancements in cancer research, treatment and lifestyle.

Also joining Matthew and Evan will be fellow young-adult cancer survivor Kris Carr, a documentary filmmaker who directed Crazy Sexy Cancer.

To learn more about the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Found- ation, click here.

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