News & Opinion | May 29, 2019 4:34 pm

Alex Trebek Nearing “Mind-Boggling” Recovery From Pancreatic Cancer

A stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis carries a 9 percent survival rate

Alex Trebek
Alex Trebek is in "near remission" from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. (Santiago Felipe/ Getty)
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Jeopardy‘s Alex Trebek was diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer about three months ago — a disease that has about a 9 percent survival rate. But the beloved game show host shared the news this week that he’s in “near remission” and on the road to recovery following chemotherapy treatments.

“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Trebek told People about the news in an interview for the magazine’s latest cover story. “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.”

But the success of his treatments doesn’t mean Trebek is necessarily out of the woods just yet. He told the magazine that he will still have to undergo several rounds of chemo before his doctors declare him officially in full remission. He’s thrilled, however, with his progress so far, saying it brought tears to his eyes.

“But they were tears of joy, not tears of depression,” Trebek said.

“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 added. “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.”

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