Author Pat Conroy announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The 70-year-old writer, best known for The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini took to Facebook to announce his diagnosis.
"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."
‘Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers as it is difficult to detect early, spreads quickly, and can be hard to treat.’
His publisher, Doubleday, said in a statement that Conroy and his family were grateful for the prayers and good wishes of readers and that they asked for privacy "at this time as Pat fights this challenging illness with the same spirit of courage that has forged his writing career."
"Conroy 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."