Alex Trebek, the famous host of the game show “Jeopardy!” had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last year. He released a statement in March 2019 that while his prognosis was not very encouraging, he will be fighting it nonetheless.
And in March this year, he gave an update on how his year had been for him. Trebek had continued to host Jeopardy! and in January he was also the host of “The Greatest of All Time” which brought together the winners who won the highest amounts of money in the show, and made them compete against each other.
Trebek started off his recent statement by talking about the one-year survival rate of patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and that it was 18%. He was one of the lucky few that made the 18%.
Afterwards, he spoke about how his life was affected. He said that some days were good while others, not so much. He even joked to his friends that the chemo will kill him instead of the cancer. There were times when his body was in great pain and when he wasn’t able to do certain bodily functions.
On top of that, there were times when he got bouts of depression that made him wonder if he should really fight on. But he decided to keep fighting as otherwise, he will be betraying his wife Jean who had been doing all she can to help him, as well as the other cancer patients who had been relying on him for inspiration.
Trebek is hopeful that he will beat the 7% survival rate of year two and that he will be celebrating with his oncologist, and said that keeping a positive attitude will be helpful.