Lou Krasky/AP
February 15, 2016 05:00 PM

Author Pat Conroy has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his publicist confirmed on Monday.

The 70-year-old writer, best known for The Prince of Tides took to Facebook to announce his diagnosis and tell supporters he is being treated at a hospital in Houston.

“I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” Conroy said in the post. “With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center], I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and intend to deliver it.”

His publisher, Doubleday, confirmed the news in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

“Pat is currently undergoing treatment at M.D. Anderson, where he is receiving excellent care and support from his doctors,” the statement said. “The Conroy family asks for privacy at this time as Pat fights his challenging illness with the same spirit of courage that has forged his writing career.”

Two of Conroy’s novels, The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, were adapted into Oscar-nominated films.

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