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.

advertisement

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.

Leave a Comment

Please enter your name.
Please enter a comment.

  • Alex ,Wishes you all the best with you your treatment. My grandmother always thought us if you have Faith, God will works Miracles. Be strong God is on your side . You will Beat this Monster, I will be watching you years to comes.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Wishes you all the best with you your treatment. My grandmother always thought us if you have Faith, God will works Miracles. Be strong God is on your side . You will Beat this Monster, I will be watching you years to comes.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Of course we are delighted by how prayers are being answered! Alex looks great for 78 and living with cancer at the moment! REMISSION IS HIS MISSION! Praising the LORD along with many others!

  • Dear Alex, you are a brave and immensely positive person. Mind rules and dictates a lot in our body. Your positivity, love and prayers of millions will get you through. No worries we’ll continue to see you for many years. Jeopardy is you.

  • Dear Mr. Trebek, My heart and prayers, are with you, and your loved ones..I am 70 years old, and remember as a young person, my Mom watching you all the time. She had such a crush on you, as many, many of your watching audience did, and does. I mean no disrespect with that. It wasn’t just a crush in the traditional sense of the word. It was a crush with your humor, intellect, and with such a wonderful Man you are. My Father went to Heaven, due to pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed, and within one month, he had to leave us. My Mom and he, were married for close to 40 years. I and my Friends, wish you all the best, nothing but the best, for you and your Family. We all have such great respect for you, and send our love to you, with all our hearts. Keep on going, Mr. Trebek. We need a good one for the books❣

  • Praying for Alex. My nephew lost stomach, pancreas and part of intestine to pancreatic cancer. He survived 5 years without chemo or radiation but closely monitored by Mayo. He kept his humor till the end. He was a Crohn’s patient prior to the cancer diagnosis. I hope you stay longer – it would be the same on Jeopardy without you.

  • My sister-in-law had pancreatic cancer when she was 49 she died 11 months later. It is one of the most horrible horrible diseases to have. I’m so glad that you seem to be going into remission it’s a miracle only God can perform a real miracle. God bless you.

  • Hi Alex, we hope you’re doing well. We believe in the power of prayer & know the Lord hears our prayers. Please keep us updated & looking forward to seeing you back on Jeopardy for next season!! You’re thought of quite often & we wish you bountiful blessings!

A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day in science and medicine

Privacy Policy