Alex Trebek Gives An Emotional Cancer Update

Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek first
announced his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March 2019. Trebek revealed his condition because of his
“longtime policy” of “being open” with fans. “I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics
for this disease.” And a few months later, in May 2019, the Canadian-American
shared with People that he had gone into remission and his tumor was shrinking at a “mind-boggling”
pace. However, Trebek’s good fortune changed for
the worse when in August 2019 he decided to switch from chemotherapy to immunotherapy. “My numbers went sky high, much higher than
they were when I was first diagnosed, so the doctors have decided that I have to undergo
chemo again.” Now that a year has passed since Trebek first
announced his diagnosis, the 79-year-old is continuing his open-door policy by speaking
out on his current state of health. Understandably, fans were worried about Trebek
after he announced his August setback. Now supporters can breathe a sigh of relief,
as Trebek revealed on March 4, 2020, that his prognosis is on an upswing. “The one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic
cancer patients is 18%. I’m very happy to report I have just reached
that marker.” This is a major accomplishment, especially
considering the host’s initial admission that the tumor had spread beyond his pancreas. The response to the beloved game show host’s
update has been overwhelmingly positive, as you’d expect. One fan tweeted, “We love you Alex!! Thank you for being so open and honest about
your journey.” Another fan shared their cancer story, writing, “Huge lump in my throat; I am praying for
you, Alex! My husband is in the midst of the battle with
Stage 4 metastatic melanoma, and you are most definitely an inspiration! Fight on, and we will pray on!” Although Alex Trebek kicked off his update
with good news, he quickly transitioned into the stark realities of what it’s like to fight
terminal illness. “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.” Trebek continued, “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.” Trebek credited his wife, Jean, for giving
her all to help him “survive” when he felt drawn to defeat, and also credited fellow
cancer-fighters around the world for giving him the strength to not give up the fight. “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.” It’s clear Trebek has an amazing partner in
his corner, and we commend Jean for always being his rock. “It’s always tough for the caretakers, because
she has to deal with her worrying about my well-being.” Alex and Jean got married in 1990, and the
TV host says he only has one regret when it comes to his marriage. As he told People magazine in January 2019, “I was thinking about President [George H.W.]
Bush when he died, and all the comments about his life about what a nice guy he is, and
how he and his wife had been together 73 years. I thought, oh my gosh…if I’d just met Jean
in my 20s we could have had a longer life together.” Meanwhile, The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
released a gushing statement to the media following the host’s announcement, which read,
in part, “We are extremely grateful to Trebek for his
continued openness about his treatment journey and more importantly, his strength and resolve
to fight for all who look to him for inspiration. Throughout the past year, Trebek has transformed
the conversation around pancreatic cancer and provided hope to people impacted by this
disease.” The father-of-two says he will continue to
be an advocate for pancreatic cancer patients. “If we take it one day at a time with a positive
attitude, anything is possible. I’ll keep you posted.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Nicki Swift videos about your
favorite celebs are coming soon. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the
bell so you don’t miss a single one.

About the author


  1. This has to stop ,it is like being in bed with him .Actually ,its like being with the Royals who don't want to be in Public but are always in front of cameras !

  2. I lost my beloved husband to this horrible disease, he couldn't tolerate the chemo and passed away 4 mths after diagnosis. We had 50yrs together and for that I am grateful, he was only 68, way too young. I hope you beat it Alex.

  3. So happy for your Alex. Stay healthy and work on building up your immune system. We love you and will keep you in our prayers.

  4. Bless your sweet heart !!! You are always in my prayersin my prayers ! 1 day at a time ! anything is possible ! 💜 !👍!
    We are rooting for you 📯🛡💜

  5. Holy crap!!! Alex Trebek made it all the way through the 18% mark of surviving Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer after his first year. Incredible, although I can never imagine what it must be like for him, you can not deny, that Trebek, is an inspiration for many who may have Stage 1 or Stage 2 Pancreatic Cancer. God bless this man, for everything that he has done in the past, and everything that he will do in the future.

  6. That's right, anything is possible "through God" Alex you forgot to say that. All things are possible through GOD🙏🏼🙌🏼💞

  7. You’re an inspiration for me. My biopsy is this Thursday for pancreatic cancer that the CT shows is on top of my abdomen as well. Doctors act like I’m already dead but I will fight like you!

  8. I have a very small family. Only child every generation. My mom and step father watched Jeopardy every night since the 1980s. We have no uncles, grandparents, aunts, cousins, brothers, siblings in our family and yet, Alex is part of our family. Alex is like "uncle Alex" to us. He was part of our family for decades and we wish him the best. You go Alex!

  9. Alex is a real great guy and his brave fight over this ordeal is such an attention getting determination to never throw in the towel!

  10. Congratulations mr. Trebek!! I'm not a huge fan of jeopardy, it makes me feel stupid, but congratulations to the amazing host.

  11. Thanks for the update! You are an inspiration to those of us suffering life and death illnesses such as kidney disease.

  12. Wow!! I thought Alex was way younger than 80 years old, he looks awesome considering what he’s been through. Take care Alex, lots of Love from New Zealand 🇳🇿💖

  13. It’s incredible. Pancreatic cancer killed my one and only grandmother that I ever knew and loved only two months after the diagnosis, so to see Alex going strong after one whole year, is amazing.

  14. Folks there are two clinics in Arizona that are using Cannabis for cancer! Oasis & Phoenix tears! Phoenix tears also has 5 other clinics in the US & Phoenix tears has been in existence for a little over 30 years!!!😳 That should tell all of you….something!!!!!

  15. Well I could tell you right now this is a hoax because first of all chemotherapy is a poison it's no therapy at all stay away from chemo everybody you ever take chemo you're the dumbest person in the world

  16. You're a liar anyway all you people you do is lie OK everybody has to lie you now and days chemotherapy is trash okay it is complete other trash

  17. Prayers for Mr. Trebek. I'll make a deal with him: You keep up the good fight against Pancreatic cancer and I'll keep fighting my Leukemia. We will both kick cancer in the 'seat of the pants'. Hang tough and give no quarter to our enemy. Love you and your program.

  18. My dad died of cancer in July 2019, it’s quite a fight to watch someone battle! My prayers are with Alex and his family!

  19. alex as a fellow Canadian , I wish you to live to 100, but if anything happens to you ,I will be more than happy to look after jean ,I am independently wealthy , I am single and solid 68 yr old ,don't smoke ,and am a teetotaler ''''

  20. My wife has watched your show for so long and always wanted to meet you one day just to chat. She answers many questions. She's felt with tcell lymphoma stage 4 and barely made it. Bless you sir

  21. I had a brother in law that was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He had a very aggressive treatment of chemo and his cancer shrunk enough to him to fly to Denver for a surgeon to remove him. Unfortunately his cancer had spread and he returned to Iowa for more chemo. He passed away a year later. He was an unbelievable man and always treated his body with respect. No drugs and hardly a beer at all. The same time he was diagnosed another friend of mine was also diagnosed with the same cancer. He lived a life of drugs and alcohol. Meth and beer. He didn’t quit the meth after diagnosed and outlived my brother in law for a year and a half. So what is an ingredient in meth that fought his cancer. If I were a doctor I wouldn’t rule it out.

  22. The Hippocrates Health Institute in FL has reversed stage 4 cancers including pancreatic. Also, The Gerson Clinic in Tijuana, MX. Google Patricia Ainey. Trebek is correct, its the chemo that will will kill him…

  23. My best to Alex. I have nothing but good things to say about this guy. He’s one of the very few that stands above all others in Hollywood.

  24. We LOVE you, Alex! Keep going and keep us posted. I was diagnosed in 1988 with "incurable" leukemia, told I'd never see 50, but am now nearly 72. You can do it!

  25. Alex, I have small cell lung cancer.
    After two rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy (that about killed me),I was told about a fellow named Joe Tippen who was told to go home and put his life in order and say his goodbyes. Joe made a
    COMPLETE recovery from lung cancer that had spread through out his body fron lungs to bone,blood, and EVERY organ. Literally every organ in his body with cancer. So I had decided that since the doctors had sent me home and at this time no more treatment that I would give this a try and have. I have felt better than I have in years. I am not sure yet
    but I believe that the MRI , CT and BONE SCANS that I will have next month will show that I am cancer free. Do not share with doctor's as they know it works.
    Look him up -Joe Tippen.

  26. The only reason I can think of for someone giving this video a thumbs down is the thumbs down is for cancer itself. Keep fighting Alex!

  27. I love his attitude. Any oncologist or cancer nurse will tell you the patient's attitude has a great effect on his or her treatment and chances for survival. My own oncologist loves it when I tell other cancer patients "There is no future in giving up."
    10 years remission here from Stage III Metastatic Colorectal Cancer. Three major surgeries to remove tumors, three chemo regimens and enough radiation to make my butt glow in the dark and cause second degree radiation burns.
    I can only imagine what Alex is going through, it probably makes what I went through look like a walk in the park in comparison.

    Stay strong Alex. We are all pulling for you.

  28. My husband died after being diagnosed with stage 4 metastasized melanoma. Less than 2 months. He didn’t have time for chemotherapy. But he was a trooper love and miss him every day of the last 8.5 years

  29. Alex, don't be a brave idiot. Retire, help pick a replacement for you then go spend your remaining time and money visiting everyone you have ever known or loved. Do that for you!


  31. Alex, I'm praying for your healing: body, mind, soul, and spirit; every whit whole in Jesus' name. (John 10:10-11)

  32. Hallelujah. That action is call FAITH Mr Alex one day at a time, one day at a time. God is backing you up and so does humanity.🙏Thank you for sharing God bless from Belize

  33. Trebek makes about $10+ million a year for that easy-ass part-time job. Had it made for years and years, e.g. his mansions, luxury cars, yacht, art collection, servants, the best of everything. But nothing is forever. Mike Landon was also rich and famous and had it made…and then the pancreatic cancer came. He only made it to 54. Trebek's had a great life, 79 y.o. and still "working." Who'd willingly give THAT up. Trebek will probably collapse on stage. Getting rid of him would be bad press. Lots of out-of-work actors are salivating to get a crack at that gravy train job. Just saying.

  34. Godbless you Trebek. Blood of Jesus to be upon you. May dad died of pan cancer and I understand that scary helpless feeling. Glad you're doing ok. Much love

  35. You are and inspiration. My Father was diag at 87 with stage 4 cancer. He had chemo but passed a month after diag. Prayers for you to beat the disease. 🤗😍

  36. Love you love you Alex. You are an inspiration not just to those fighting cancer but to all of us who need encouragement whatever our daily task. Just know what a blessing you are to the world and that you will get the grace to persevere.

  37. You are amazing! I pray that you totally combat this
    and it never comes back. God has worked many wonders and I am praying that he works on you 100%. Love your beautiful heart. Stay strong!

  38. Why on earth would someone give this a thumbs down??? I am thankful more and more people are surviving cancer and chemo. My daughter and daughter in law did not. My prayers have been with him during this time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *