In a miraculous turn of events, it appears that Alex Trebek is winning his battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
After months of consistent chemotherapy, doctors gave the Jeopardy! game show host some incredibly positive news: he’s “near remission.”
The 78-year-old living legend opened up about his cancer battle in the latest issue of People magazine. For those who need a refresher, the form of pancreatic cancer that Alex is battling has a nine percent survival rate.
He told the outlet:
“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.”
Of his unprecedented response to treatment, the cover star admits that “it’s kind of mind-boggling.”
We’re equally as shocked, but also incredibly happy to hear the good news!
Trebek says he’ll still have to go through several more rounds of chemotherapy to hopefully get into full remission, but for right now? The TV host is elated at how far he’s come.
The game show guru recalled the moment doctors told him the news, admitting he was overcome with emotion and broke down in tears:
“But they were tears of joy, not tears of depression.”
This hopeful news comes just weeks after Trebek gave his first TV interview about his battle with cancer on Good Morning America.
Sitting down with Robin Roberts, who survived her own cancer battle in 2007, Trebek previously revealed:
“I’ve had kidney stones, I’ve had ruptured discs, so I’m used to dealing with pain. But what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness. And it brings tears to my eyes. I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentleman, that I’m a bit of a wuss.”
It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear someone as beloved as Alex struggle with excruciating pain and feelings of depression, all while fighting for his life.
Alex told People that he believes it was the love, support, and well wishes from fans around the world that helped propel his recovery:
“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers. 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.”
“I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayer, and I will never ever minimize the value of that.”
We will continue to send good vibes your way, Alex! The world isn’t ready to lose your charm, grace, and wit. Here’s to a full, healthy recovery!
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