Alex Trebek: Jeopardy Host Shares "Mind Boggling" Cancer Update

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Back in March, we reported on the sad news that beloved Jeopardy host Alex Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Today, Trebek is updating fans on his condition.

And even though it's not phrased in the form a question, we're happy to accept his response:

“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Trebek says in the video above.

“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.”

Trebek added that he's "near remission" which is astonishingly good news, particularly given the disease's 9 percent survival rate.

Alex Trebek Snapshot

“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed toward me and their prayers,” he shared.

“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.”

The nost added:

“I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayers, and I will never ever minimize the value of that.”

Jeopardy Host

In a previous interview with fellow cancer survivior Robin Roberts, Trebek revealed that his condition has taken a tremendous emotional toll:

"What I’m not used to [is] dealing with the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eye, I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss," he said.

As for how his illness has affected his hosting duties, Trebek revealed it hasn't always been easy:

"I taped the show and then I made it to the dressing room on one occasion, just barely, before I writhed in pain and cried in pain," Trebek recalled.

Alex Trebek Image

"And I had 15 minutes before the next show. So, I got myself together and spasms of that kind usually last about 10 to 15 minutes. So, all right, here we go again: 'Anybody got any pain pills?' And, I don't like taking pain pills. But I got through it."

Currently, Jeopardy fans are thrilling to an historic run by James Holzauer, who recently passed the $2 million mark to become the show's second winningest contestant of all time behind the legendary Ken Jennings.

From the way things are going, it looks as though James will remain on the show for quite some time.

And here's hoping Alex will be, as well.

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