Good news for iconic Jeopardy host Alex Trebek! He revealed that his cancer tumors have shrunk by 50 percent amid his chemotherapy treatments. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer roughly three months ago. The condition is said to have a nine percent survival rate. But Trebek, 78, could be a success story as his body is responding favorably to treatment.
He explained “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.”
He said he cried when the doctors told him the amazing update.
“But they were tears of joy, not tears of depression.”
He credited the support he’s received as a factor to his body’s well response to chemotherapy.
“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.”
He still has a long road ahead of him as he’s scheduled to undergo more chemotherapy treatments before he can enter the remission phase.
Trebek revealed he had cancer via the Jeopardy! YouTube channel on March 6.
“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you. And it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fanbase. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health.”
“So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information. Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 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 he’ll rely on his support from his close ones as well as prayers from fans to beat it. He then joked that he has no choice but to beat it.
“Truth told, I have to. Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years. So help me! Keep the faith, and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.”