Alex Trebek Gives Fans A One-Year Update On His Pancreatic Cancer Battle

Alex Trebek Gives Fans A One-Year Update On His Pancreatic Cancer Battle

Alex Trebek has posted a one-year health update video to the official Jeopardy! Twitter page. Trebek came out with the tragic news a year ago to the day that he had stage four pancreatic cancer. Even a one-year survival mark is a big accomplishment for the game show host.

“Hi, everyone. If you’ve got a minute I’d like to bring you up to date on my health situation. The one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18 percent. I’m very happy to report I have just reached that marker,” he says to start off the video.


Alex Trebek provides fans with a one-year update on his current health situation

alex trebek one-year update on pancreatic cancer battle
Alex Trebek / AP/Matt Rourke

He continues on,  “Now, I’d be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one. There were some good days but a lot of not-so-good days. I joked with friends that the cancer won’t kill me, the chemo treatments will. There were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer function and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on.”

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“But I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal — a betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive. It would have been a betrayal of other cancer patients who have looked to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of sorts of the value of living and hope, and it certainly would have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf.”

Looking forward to a two-year survival mark

alex trebek one-year health update pancreatic cancer battle
U.S. pancreatic cancer statistics 2019 / News Story

Trebek continues with a positive attitude, even revealing the hopeful conversation he had with his oncologist. You know my oncologist tried to cheer me up the other day. He said, ‘Alex, even though the two-year survival rate is only 7%,’ he was certain that one year from now, the two of us would be sitting in his office celebrating my second anniversary of survival… And you know something, if I, no, if we — because so many of us are involved in this same situation — if we take it just one day at a time with a positive attitude, anything is possible. I’ll keep you posted.”

Take a look at the official update video below! Keep fighting, Alex!

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