Skip to comments.Alex Trebek marks 1 year after pancreatic cancer diagnosis: Giving up would've betrayed my faith
Posted on 03/05/2020 7:21:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Beloved "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek shared an emotional health update Wednesday, just one year after he began treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Trebek released a video on Twitter to celebrate the news he received from his oncologist.
"Hi everyone. If you've got a minute I'd like to bring you up to date on my health situation. The one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18 percent. I'm very happy to report I have just reached that marker," Trebek told his supporters while on the set of the "Jeopardy!" studio.
The game show host who has been with "Jeopardy!" for 35 years, said his cancer diagnosis is not what's been difficult for him, instead its the treatment that has caused him to question life.
"Now, I'd be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one. There were some good days, but a lot of not-so-good days. I joked with friends that if the cancer won't kill me, the chemo treatments will, he continued. There were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer function, and sudden, massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on."
Trebek went on to say that he would've given up if not for his support system.
"I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal. A betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive. 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. And it would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf," Trebek said.
In a 2018 interview, the host said he was nearing the end of his time on Jeopardy!, and the chances of him returning to host after his contract ended in 2020 was "50/50 and a little less."
Cancer is not Trebeks first health battle.
In October 2017, he was diagnosed with subdural hematoma after hitting his head during a fall and underwent surgery the next day.
Trebek is a longtime spokesperson for Christian humanitarian group World Vision.
Good for him. I can’t watch Jeopardy! anymore because it’s all pop culture topics, not history and literature and such, which made the show what it is.
Standing of GOD’S Promises of healing for ALEX TREBEK for His glory.
My theory is the Trebek has complete willpower over what he eats and what he’s willing to not eat, and that is absolutely essentially in pancreatic cancer cases.
Praying for Alex Trebek.
1. Take it one day at a time
2. Stay positive
Cancer is morphing more into a chronic illness instead of a fatal malady, mainly due to the advances in chemo based and immuno-therapy based drugs.
Amen, Alex, Amen. that’s the power of prayer through Jesus Christ. praise God!
35 years??? That’s longer than Don Pardo!
My wife and I still watch it, but we are terrible on any category that includes modern pop culture. I don't think there is more of it. It's just that there are now a couple of decades of pop culture that have passed us by and that we don't care about.
Art Fleming would be proud
How long did Art Fleming host?
God bless Alex Trebek!
Tell me more about food and pancreatic cancer. My mother is suffering with it now.
I wish him the best.
We’re praying for you, brother.
RE: 35 years??? Thats longer than Don Pardo!
Longer than Johnny Carson and Mr. Rogers. The only show whose longevity he couldn’t beat is Wheel of Fortune.
11 years, from 1964 to 1975.
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