A TV pilot remains under consideration with the star as an FBI agent
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With the initial shock of Patrick Swayze’s cancer diagnosis still sinking in, a guarded optimism is mixing in with the good wishes being sent to the leading man.

On Wednesday, the A&E cable network announced that the pilot Swayze, 55, shot in December, titled The Beast – in it, he plays a seasoned yet unconventional FBI agent – remains under consideration as a possible series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In a statement, A&E said The Beast is “in contention to become one of the new drama series on the network. However, at this time all of our thoughts are solely with Patrick and his family. We are all wishing for a speedy recovery to a truly gifted actor.”

Should the series receive a green light, the star hopes to continue with it, said his rep, Annett Wolf, who added, “Patrick is continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects.”

The Dirty Dancing and Ghost star also has a movie set for release later this year, Powder Blue. Listed in the cast are Jessica Biel and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, who also serves as a producer of the film.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Swayze has pancreatic cancer, but, his rep said, according to his physician, the actor has a “very limited amount of disease and appears to be responding well to treatment.”

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 2008 will bring 37,680 new cases of pancreatic cancer and 34,290 deaths in the United States. Statistics show that only five percent of patients survive beyond five years after being diagnosed.