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OTRC: Ryan Buell, 30, of 'Paranormal State' diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Ryan Buell appears in an undated photo to promote 'Paranormal State' in 2011. / Buell appears in a photo posted on his official Facebook page on August 9, 2012. (A&E / facebook.com/RyanDBuell)

Ryan Buell, the former star of the A&E reality series "Paranormal State," recently updated fans about his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

News of the 30-year-old's illness was reported by People magazine on Thursday, August 9. A statement was later posted on Buell's Facebook page in which fans were told, "Things are looking positive."

"Ryan was released yesterday morning from treatment. Things are looking positive after complications with his kidneys started a month ago and temporarily knocked him down," the statement on Buell's page said. "Ryan enjoyed some Wendy's (but keep that a secret) and reported back to work today."

Buell founded the Paranormal Research Society, which investigates paranormal activity on the show. He also wrote a memoir titled "Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown" in 2011.

His diagnosis was first revealed in July and Buell and his Paranormal Research Society staff have been updating fans through his Facebook page since.

In an August 4 statement, Buell said he had been in and out of the hospital during the week.

"Thank you to all for your prayers. There are days where I hardly have strength to move, but I sometimes hear chants in the back of my head; cheers, telling me to get up and rise," he later added. "And that keeps me going every day! God bless you all!"

A member of the Paranormal Research Society Staff posted a statement on July 24 which encouraged fans to support organizations that specialize in pancreatic cancer research and patient help like the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

"You all also know that Ryan is the type of person that not only likes to keep things relatively private, but wants to make sure that others are taken care of first. Ryan has been honored and humbled by the support, but also wants to make sure that we all remember the struggle is not his alone," the statement said. Ryan knows he is loved and supported, and would want for that love and support to stretch beyond this community.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States and is difficult to treat because it is often found late, as symptoms are usually not apparent in its early stages, according to the National Institutes of Health. Actor Patrick Swayze died of the disease at age 57 in 2009.

Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011, had a rare form of the disease.

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