patrick swayzePatrick Swayze has given fresh hope to fans that he’s responding well to cancer treatment at a public appearance in Los Angeles on Friday.

The actor, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January, was spotted enjoying the basketball game between the LA Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs with his wife Lisa Niemi. He was also seen accepting kind words and hugs from celebrity well-wishers in the crowd including Paula Abdul, Denzel Washington and David & Victoria Beckham.

A fellow audience member told The People newspaper: “He was still gaunt and pale but compared with recent pictures it was a huge improvement. He was grinning all through, and kept cheering and clapping with the rest of the crowd.

“It was encouraging to see.”

The Dirty Dancing star has reportedly undergone radiotherapy and experimental surgery in his efforts to beat the disease, and is also said to have had part of his stomach removed after the tu