The actor, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, was supposed to attend an event for the Television Critic's Association today in support of his new television show The Beast.
The president of A&E, the network on which the show will run, tells reporters including our Barnert, "Patrick Swayze has checked himself into the hospital. However, he asked us specifically to go forward with today's panel. We wish him the very best with his recovery."
At the event, Bill Rotko, creator of The Beast, says: "Although you forget sometimes that Patrick's going through treatment for cancer, it brings you very close together. There's a tremendous amount of respect going on."
Swayze checked himself into the hospital for observation as a precautionary measure.
Swayze spoke at length about his illness in an interview Wednesday with Barbara Walters. "You can bet that I'm going through hell," he said. "And I've only seen the beginning of it."
He also said he doubts he will live another five years -- and won't quit smoking because he's going to die anyway.
Hey, you know what else smoking can cause?