Alex Trebek Sends Powerful Message One Year After His Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

In March 2019, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announced he was undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In May, he said his cancer was in near remission, but then in September, he explained that he had to resume chemotherapy. Today, Trebek gave us another update on his progress, taking to Twitter to candidly talk about his struggle with the disease.

“The one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer is 18%,” Trebek said in a video posted on social media. “I’m very happy to report I have just reached that marker.”

“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 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,” he added.

The celebrated game show host, who is 79, said he “brushed that aside quickly” because he didn’t want to betray his wife of thirty years, “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.”

Last year, Trebek was also very candid about his chemotherapy and life with cancer. He told Good Morning America that he often suffered from depression. However, Trebek says he is committed to doing his best to stay positive in the face of a brutal disease. He certainly has lots of support from family, loved ones, and fans on social media:

A spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network said that Trebek’s openness about his disease had “transformed the conversation around pancreatic cancer and provided hope to people impacted by the disease.”

“If we take it one day at a time with a positive attitude,” Trebek emphasized, “anything is possible.”

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi