LOS ANGELES  — “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says his doctors say he’s in “near remission” of advanced pancreatic cancer and his response to the treatment is “kind of mind-boggling.”

The 78-year-old TV personality tells People magazine he’s responding very well to chemotherapy and the doctors have told him “they hadn’t seen this kind of positive results in their memory.” Trebek says some of the tumors have shrunk by more than 50%.

Trebek announced his diagnosis in March, but said he intended to keep working. He said he planned to beat the disease’s low survival rate with the love and support of family and friends and with prayers from viewers.

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The American Cancer Society estimates 3% of patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer are alive 5 years after being diagnosed.

Trebek says he still has several more rounds of treatment to hopefully get into full remission.

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  • If he’s doing so well on his chemo, why hasn’t he said which drug it is?

    You’d think he’d want to help others not just himself

  • I have always liked and admired Alex Trebek. Always so gracious, kind, discreet. Thankful for encouraging news; will continue to pray and trust the Lord for the outcome. Proverbs 3:5,6

  • Prayers for your remission and your family added strength from the holey spirit and Jesus. Apparently he will has not be done with you. Your faith shines through you. Thank you!😁

  • I don’t believe it. I WISH I could believe it and I wish so much it were possible. But the only way this is true is if he doesn’t have adenocarcinoma (the kind responsible for 95% of cancers). If he has a neuroendocrine cancer (like Steve Jobs) then I could maybe buy it. He’s a celebrity–he has to say these things. The reality is that this disease is nearly universally fatal. And that is a reality that is unacceptable in 2019. I’d absolutely love to be proven wrong about Alex Trebek.

    • I agree. I lost my mother to stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2017. I don’t believe this is possible.

  • So can anyone tell us what chemotherapy drugs are being used on Alex? My sister has pancreatic stage 4 and has had no luck with the FOLFIRINOX cocktail: Irinotecan, Leucovorin, Oxaliplatin, Fluorouracil. Currently now on: Abraxane, Gemcitabine.

    • Check out Jane Mclelland’s book How you starve Cancer! There is a cocktail of off labor drugs that has been helping. And read this blog… like YESTERDAY! mycancerstory.rocks My mom has stage 4 pancreatic cancer as well. She is on the Fenben regimen, along with Folfirinox.

  • The platitudes are cliché, but the reality is that neither love, support, or prayers are responsible for Mr. Trebeck’s response. Nor will they be responsible for his eventual outcome. We all owe thanks and gratitude to science, modern medicine, the circumstances of his personal genetic makeup, his overall health and physical well-being, and the specifics of his particular cancer.
    I understand the human need to attribute positive news – especially in circumstances like this – to unseen forces outside of the natural world. But here and now in the 21st century, perhaps it’s time to embrace a more critical and rational view of existence. Modern science is making amazing advances. Let’s give credit where due.
    I wish Mr. Trebeck all the best.

  • CANCER HAS NO BOUNDERIES
    OCCURS IN ALL COUNTRIES
    ATTACKS ALL KINDS OF HE ‘OR SHES
    I AM A THIRTY YEAR SURVIVOR NOW
    YET WE DO KNOW THE ANSWERS OR HOW
    I AM NOT BEING EVEN KIND OF SNOTTY
    LIKE TO HELP ALL & ANY BODY
    MUCH MEMORY,OF THAT NAUSEA
    MUCH NAUSEA FROM THAT TIME CHEMO
    WILL THERE BE A TIME WE KNOW MUCH MORE
    WILL WE AS HUMANS EVER KNOW THE REAL SCORE
    THAT IS WHAT SHOULD BE AND NOT JUST A REAL BORE

    NO ONE THE ANSWERS TO WHO WHO
    IT HAPPENED TO MY DOCTOR DAUGHTER TOO
    AND SHE HAS SURVIVED HER TREATMENT TOO
    WHEN WILL WE EVER EVER KNOW MUCH MORE
    WHEN WE EVER KNOW FOR US WHAT’S IN STORE
    WILL LIFE EVER BE A FREE OF DISEASE EVERMORE
    OR WILL WE ALL LIVE TO ONE HUNDRED OR MORE
    IT IS WHAT SO MANY ARE WORKING ON A CURE
    THEY DID NOT KNOW AS MUCH AS NOW
    DRUGS FOR THAT THEN, DID NOT KNOW
    I AM AN OLD[YOUNG] RN [REGISTRED NURSE]
    SO I KNEW THE VERY VERY VERY WORST
    BUT MY VERY YOUNG DAUGHTER[THEN]
    SHE IS A DOCTOR NOW TO SO VERY MANY
    A WIFE OF ONE,MOTHER OF HER TWO
    DOCTORS MARRIED DOCTORS TOO
    MY BREASTS ARE FROM ANOTHER PART OF MY BODY
    PLEASE PLEASE JUST TELL EVERY BODY
    NO ONE IS EVER JUST LEFT OUT
    HOW LOUD I DID THEN SHOUT
    A HAPPENING I KNEW ALL ABOUT
    EVEN TO A MALE HUMAN OR TROUT
    SO JUST THINK AND TRULY FEEL
    IS LIFE FAKE OR IS IT TOO REAL
    HEALTH IS REALLY THE BEST DEAL
    LOVE FROM ME
    GDD

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