Alex Trebek Health Update: 'Jeopardy!' Host Reveals Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Is 'Near Remission'

Nearly three months after announcing his cancer diagnosis, Alex Trebek has some rather positive news about the current status of his health. The Jeopardy! host revealed his stage 4 pancreatic cancer was "near remission" during an interview with People magazine, released on Wednesday.

The 78-year-old called his health turnaround "mind-boggling" considering the relatively low survival rate associated with pancreatic cancer. All stages of pancreatic cancer combined, pancreatic cancer overall has only about a 20 percent survival rate, according to the American Cancer Society. Only seven percent of people suffering from any stage of the disease live beyond five years after diagnosis.

Tumors that develop in the pancreas typically spread to other parts of the body relatively quickly, making the disease more susceptible to lower survival rates. Less than 20 percent of patients' tumors actually remain in the pancreas following diagnosis.

Trebek is one of the luckier patients because not only has the game show host's tumors refrained from spreading elsewhere in his body, some of them have even shrunken. "The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory," Trebek said, noting some of his tumors have "already shrunken by more than 50 percent" in response to chemotherapy.

The game show host still has to undergo a few more rounds of chemotherapy before he is potentially in the clear. Nonetheless, Trebek was filled with joyful emotion, explaining he cried "tears of joy, not tears of depression" when doctors informed him of his positive progression.

Trebek said the prayers and well wishes of his fans were likely one of the factors of his changing health. "I've got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers," he said.

"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," he said, adding, "I've got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayer, and I will never minimize the value of that."

Fans flooded social media with positivity for Trebek after he announced his diagnosis in a video message on Jeopardy!'s YouTube in March. From former contestants like Jeopardy! record-holder Ken Jennings, who holds the title of the winningest Jeopardy! player, to fellow game show hosts like Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune and thousands of others sent Trebek messages of support on Twitter and Instagram.

Trebek may have noted in his People interview he initially felt some feelings of depression after being diagnosed with cancer, the but host of the quiz show was still looking forward to a healthy, happy future. He announced plans to return for Jeopardy!'s 36th season despite his battle with cancer in April.

"At the beginning of this season, I promised you that we had some surprises in store for you. Well, of course, I had no idea at that time there were surprises in store for me as well," he said in a video message. "Despite what you may have heard, I'm feeling good, I'm continuing with my therapy and we…[are] already working on our next season, the 36th year of Jeopardy!."

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