After months of pain and depression, Alex Trebek has announced that his body is responding well to the treatment.
Some television shows are close to our hearts. For years, we have sat in front of the screen shouting and screaming out answers and jumping when our favorite contestant made more money than we could ever think of. Yes, I am talking about the show, "This is Jeopardy." This show is not just special to us because of its show quality but also because of its host, Alex Trebek who has never failed to entertain us with his humor, intelligence, and sharp observation over the last 35 years. The host who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer has a piece of happy news for all his viewers.
According to People, the 78-year-old host is recovering. He is in “near remission,” according to his doctors. "It's kind of mind-boggling," said Trebek to People. He added that his doctors were also surprised to see the way his body was responding to the treatment. The survival rate of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is only 7% so the fact that he is beating the odds has left him emotional.
"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," said Trebek to People. The host is happy that his struggles with cancer will soon have a happy ending. Trebek said that he got emotional when he heard the positive news. "But they were tears of joy, not tears of depression," he said.
In the past, Trebek has been very vocal about his cancer battle. He has talked about the depression and pain he underwent in the past three months. In a recent interview with "CBS Sunday Morning," the Jeopardy host opened up about the excruciating pain he had to undergo on and off camera while doing the show.
"I was on the floor writhing in pain. It went from a 3 to an 11. And it happened three or four times that day while we were taping. So, that was a little rough on me," said Trebek to CNN.
Though he has to undergo many more rounds of chemotherapy to attain full recovery, he is excited about the progress he has made over the past few months. Trebek thanked all his fans and viewers for their support and positive thoughts during this difficult time of his. "I've got a couple of million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers," said Trebek. He attributes his speedy recovery to the people who love him around the world.
Trebek had first shared his story to the world through his television show. The host, famous for his style and grace, took to the stage to share the unfortunate news to the world. He said, "Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer." He had also added, "I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease."
Trebek was hopeful from the beginning. His sheer will power and courage has worked well. He is an inspiration to every person struggling to win over their own personal battles.