The Daily Express quoted Swayze as saying: "She was having eye surgery the next day and was supposed to try to keep her eyes dry, no crying for a few weeks after the surgery." And he reveals how his mother came to know about his condition.
He says: "Unfortunately, those morally bankrupt souls at the National Enquirer had other ideas... Someone in the medical field tipped them off and a National Enquirer reporter showed up at my mom's house about a week after my diagnosis. She opened the door to have a complete stranger ask, How do you feel about Patrick having pancreatic cancer? And that's how she found out."