03/11/2009 at 08:05 PM EDT
Patrick Swayze wants to stay positive.
Reacting to a tabloid story that says he's nearing "The End" (and showing photos of him appearing gaunt), The Beast
is slamming what he calls "inaccurate" reports about his year-plus battle with pancreatic cancer
Swayze, 56, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement he's continuing with treatment, working on a book and even has a new dog:
"It's amazing to me that the tabloids such as the National Enquirer
print such negative stories about me and my health when there are so many positive things going on in my life right now. I've started a new chemotherapy and, once again, I am one of the lucky ones with pancreatic cancer that is responding well to the treatment.
There is a brand new, 12-week-old, Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy named Kumasai in my life who is gorgeous and already showing that he will be one special dog.
"I am starting work on my new book, in addition to enjoying the fantastic response from everyone on my A&E series The Beast.
"I hope in the future, the press will think twice about printing inaccuracies and painting an unpleasant picture when I have so much to be thankful for at this time."