“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has said he’s now “near remission” after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer three months ago.
The 78-year-old admitted his journey had been “kind of mind-boggling” and that he’d been responding extremely well to chemotherapy.
Trebek said in an interview with People, “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory… some of the tumours have already shrunk by more than 50 per cent.”
Trebek went on to say how he has several more rounds of chemo to go to hopefully get into full remission, adding he got incredibly emotional after hearing the news.
The Canadian-American TV personality insisted, “But they were tears of joy, not tears of depression.”
Trebek also spoke about his wife’s emotional reaction to the good news, telling People, “Jeannie is wonderful. She cried of course this morning when she got the [good] news [about my tumours shrinking]. But it’s been a lot. It’s a lot of pressure.”
He continued, “My heart goes out to caregivers. Because they have to deal with their loved ones suffering and they also don’t always know how to help because there’s not much they can do, except try to make you feel more comfortable, at ease and not worry about ordinary stuff.”
Trebek added of the incredible support he’s had from people around the world, “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.”
He added, “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.”