Despite the odds being stacked against him, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is holding true to his words as he continues to battle stage IV pancreatic cancer.
As Dearly previously reported, on March 6, Trebek took to YouTube to reveal his diagnosis with his fans.
He also told his fans that he was planning on beating the disease:
“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers, also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
And Trebek’s latest update shows he is holding true to his word.
In an interview with People, the 78-year-old host was told by his doctors that he is “near remission” after responding well to the chemotherapy treatments he has been enduring:
“It’s kind of mind-boggling. 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.”
The news, Trebek told People, left him in tears, saying, “but they were tears of joy, not tears of depression.”
In an interview with Robin Roberts, Trebek told the GMA host that there were times during his battle when he would fall in and out of depression:
“My oncologist tells me I’m doing well even though I don’t always feel it. 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.”
However, the host told People that it was the many well-wishes he received from his friends and fans that helped him continue to fight, despite feeling down:
“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.”
Trebek admits that while things are looking good and he has hope for the future, he still has a long road ahead of him which includes more chemo treatments in order to be in “full remission.”