Alex Trebek believes, “If we take it just one day at a time, with a positive attitude, anything is possible.”
On Wednesday, “Jeopardy!” posted an emotional video, in which its legendary host gave a one-year update on his stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
While noting that the one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is only 18%, the 79-year-old proudly announces he has reached that milestone.
However, his journey has not been easy.
During chemotherapy, the Canadian-American television personality experienced days of “great pain” and where “certain bodily functions no longer functioned.”
“I joked with friends that cancer won’t kill me, the chemo treatments will,” he remarked.
Because of these distressing moments, Trebek almost gave up on life as the treatments “made [him] wonder if it really was worth fighting on.”
Despite his feelings of sorrow, Trebek refused to stop fighting as it would have been “a massive betrayal” to his wife and soul mate Jean, his faith, and to other cancer patients “who have looked to [him] as an inspiration, and a cheerleader of sorts.”
In fact, Alex recalls a recent conversation with his oncologist who told him that he is “certain” Trebek will survive his second year — even though the two-year survival rate is only 7%.
Last September, Trebek broke the devastating news that he is once again undergoing chemotherapy.
“The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again, and that’s what I’m doing,” he said in an interview with “Good Morning America.”
“I was doing so well and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer, so we were all very optimistic,” the Emmy winner added. “They said, ‘Good, we’re gonna stop chemo, we’ll start you on immunotherapy,’ and I lost about 12 lbs. in a week and my numbers went sky-high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed.”
Earlier this month, TMZ reported that Trebek donated $100,000 to the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission to help the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles.