'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Shares 'Mind-Boggling' Pancreatic Cancer Update
The game show host has given fans an update on his condition.
Just three months ago, popular 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek shared the news that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, however, he has now revealed the news that, according to his doctors, he is now in “near remission”.
Speaking to PEOPLE, Trebek spoke of his shock at the great news -- considering stage four pancreatic cancer generally has a survival rate of just nine per cent.
“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” the 78-year-old said in an interview with PEOPLE. “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory…some of the tumours have already shrunk by more than 50 per cent.”
He will continue to undergo several more round of chemotherapy in an attempt to go into full-remission, however, Trebek said he's ecstatic over the revelation, adding that he had “tears of joy, not tears of depression”.
With fans around the world sending their prayers and well-wishes to the star upon announcing his diagnosis in March.
“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers,” he says. “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”
Announcing the news of his cancer diagnosis in a video earlier this year, Trebek had said he was planning to fight against the odds and would continue to work on 'Jeopardy!'.
"I have some news to share with you, and it's keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our 'Jeopardy!' fanbase," Trebek said in the video released in March.
"I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. Therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information," he continued.
"Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working," he said.
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