Reaching the one year anniversary of his grim stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is giving fans an update on his progress with a video posted to social media. Admitting that his difficulties with chemotherapy treatments had tempted him into giving up, Trebek says he's keeping up the fight and has already defied the low survival odds by still going strong a year past the diagnosis. You can watch Trebek explain it himself in the video below, courtesy of the official Jeopardy account on Twitter.
"The one-year survival rate for stage IV pancreatic cancer patients is 18%. I'm very happy to report I have just reached that marker," Trebek says in the video. The Jeopardy host goes on to explain that the battle hasn't been easy, noting there have been "some good days but a lot of not-so-good days" over the past year. Trebek also reveals he'd been dealing with "sudden, massive attacks of great depression" that made him wonder "if it was really worth fighting on." However, Trebek says he was quickly able to brush that aside, feeling that giving up would be a "betrayal" to his wife, other cancer patients, and the "millions of prayers" people have delivered on his behalf.
Last year, Alex Trebek revealed to Jeopardy fans he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Although he planned to fight the disease with chemotherapy treatments, Trebek insisted that he would remain at work and continue to host new episodes of Jeopardy for as long as he possibly could. There was never any plan for him to leave the series anytime soon, as the network had already renewed Trebek's contract through 2022 before his diagnosis. For now, Trebek still has no plans to step down from his Jeopardy hosting duties, though he said last fall sores in his mouth resulting from chemotherapy treatments were starting to affect his ability to speak.
Though Alex Trebek is battling a very deadly illness, the television star has also been thinking about what he can do to continue to help others. It was recently revealed the Jeopardy host had donated $100,000 to a new Hollywood homeless shelter, which will name a wing of the building after Trebek and his wife in response. This is nothing new for Trebek, as dating back many years before his cancer diagnosis, Trebek has been donating millions of dollars to charitable causes. Now, even during the most difficult period of his life, Trebek remains steadfast on doing his part to provide assistance to those who need it.
Jeopardy fans have made it clear to Trebek how much he is loved and appreciated. Last year, a contestant on the show even surprised Trebek with his Final Jeopardy answer, which simply read, "We love you, Alex!" In response, Trebek choked up as he read the answer, telling the contestant the gesture was "very kind." You've just got to love Trebek, and we continue to wish him well with his continued fight against this horrific disease. You can watch Trebek hosting new episodes of Jeopardy when they air on weeknights. Trebek's one-year update video shown above comes to us from Jeopardy on Twitter.