Alex Trebek is currently winning his battle against cancer.
In a new video released on Wednesday (March 4,) the longtime Jeopardy host updated fans on his current health and also shared an optimistic look at his future.
“The one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18%,” he said in the video, a video that looked to be filmed directly from the set of Jeopardy. “I am very happy to report that I have just reached that marker.”
It was just last May that Trebek reported that he had gotten through his first round of chemotherapy relatively unscathed. However, later in the summer, he would have to go back for more chemo treatments as his cancer indicating numbers began to rise once again. According to the beloved game show host, those chemo treatments took their toll, both physically and emotionally.
“There were some good days, but a lot of not so good days,” he says. “I joke with friends that the cancer won’t kill me, but the chemo will.”
Trebek says he also experienced depression.
“Sudden massive attacks of great depressions that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on,” he continued. “But I brushed that aside quickly, because that would have been a massive betrayal — a betrayal of my wife and soul mate Jean who has helped me survive. 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. And it certainly would have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf.”
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Our thoughts are with Alex as he battles cancer.