Alex Trebek has provided a positive update regarding his battle with pancreatic cancer. Back in early March, the longtime beloved host of Jeopardy! revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It's not something that many people manage to come back from, but Trebek vowed that he would fight this illness with everything he had and, as it turns out, the man is proving to beat the odds, as his doctors have said that he is in "near remission."
The news was revealed as part of an upcoming cover story on Alex Trebek. The 78-year-old game show host has been providing video updates to fans here and there and has remained positive. Also, rather surprisingly, Trebek hasn't missed a single day of work, despite having to undergo chemotherapy in order to treat his cancer. All of the hard work is paying off though. Here's what Trebek had to say about it.
"It's kind of mind-boggling. The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory...some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent."
This is, needless to say, a bit stunning. Statistically, pancreatic cancer in its late stages is brutal and even with Alex Trebek's fighting spirit, he was facing an uphill battle. While he's not totally out of the woods yet, things are certainly looking up. When his doctors revealed the positive news, Trebek revealed that he started crying, but for the best of reasons.
"But they were tears of joy, not tears of depression."
Ever since the host revealed his diagnosis, there has been a massive outpouring of support for him on social media. Alex Trebek has previously expressed his gratitude to all of those who reached out. While his medical treatments and the doctors handling his therapy should be given their fair share of the credit, Trebek says the positive energy coming his way can't be discounted.
"I've got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers. 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. I've got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayer, and I will never ever minimize the value of that."
At this point, Alex Trebek fully intends to return as host of Jeopardy when it returns in the fall. The show has been enjoying a ratings surge as of late, thanks to the record-breaking streak of contestant James Holzhauer, who recently crossed the $2 million mark and is threatening to overthrow all time leader Ken Jennings. In the meantime, Trebek still has to undergo several rounds of chemotherapy. Feel free to check out the latest cover of People below, which features Trebek at its center.
🙏🏼“(Doctors) are VERY happy with the way I have responded... say that I am ‘near remission.’... I believe that... is due in large part to the thoughts and prayers of all of my friends, co-workers, and the millions of fans...”— Dan Winters (@danwinters) May 29, 2019
-Alex Trebek in @people exclusive on newsstands Friday pic.twitter.com/EDbiUc3PU6