‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Shares Latest Health Update and Some Other Announcements
In March 2019, the native-born Canadian announced he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He recently spoke about his illness to keep his fans posted on his condition.
Alex Trebek shares his health status on 1-year anniversary of diagnosis
In March, Trebek took to Twitter to share the status of his condition one year after he was first diagnosed.
“The one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18%,” Trebek said in the video, according to Today.com. “I’m very happy to report, I have just reached that marker.”
The Jeopardy! host admitted battling the disease came with its fair share of challenges, some more difficult than others.
“Now I’d be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one,” Trebek shared. “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 functioned, and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on.”
‘Jeopardy!’ host’s circle of support
Despite times of discouragement, Trebek knew he had plenty of reasons to keep pushing through, especially for his wife of 30 years.
“I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal,” Trebek said. “A betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive.”
The game show host also wants to be strong for all those who have seen him as an encouragement in their own health battles, and promised to continue to lean on his faith.
“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,” Trebek explained. “It would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf.”
Alex Trebek’s most recent news
Now sporting a goatee while Jeopardy! has been airing reruns during the coronavirus crisis, Trebek let viewers know they would be trying something new while production was on hold.
“For the first time ever, we are going to open the Jeopardy! vaults and take a look at some of our favorite episodes,” Trebek revealed of the upcoming schedule which starts July 20, according to Deadline.
Trebek also wanted to give fans another status report on his health and announce the release date for his highly anticipated memoir.
“I’m doing well,” Trebek reported in the video. “I’ve been continuing my treatment, and it is paying off — though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good; I’m feeling great. In fact, during the break from the studio I even wrote a book that will be coming out July 21st.”
The game show host admitted he’s eager to get back to work. “I can’t wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new [37th] season in September,” Trebek shared, adding, “Meanwhile, my wish for all of you: Stay safe.”