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'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Speaks Out On One-Year Anniversay of Diagnosis with Pancreatic Cancer

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By Zachary Holt

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive types of the disease and usually leads to a quick and painful death. Unlike other varieties, the prognosis for pancreatic cancer is not a positive one in most cases, despite aggressive treatment.

So, when it was announced that the longtime the Jeopardy! host, Alex Trebek, had been diagnosed, many people feared the worst and expected him to be gone sooner than later.

However, Trebek has defied the odds. He's made it one complete year since he was diagnosed and has continued to fulfill his responsibilities on the television program. On the one-year mark, though, Trebek has spoken out about what it means.

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To update all of his fans, Trebek released a video on social media explaining how unlikely it is that he's still standing before us with the diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer just one year prior.

"The one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer is 18 percent," the host said in the video. "I'm very happy to report I have just reached that marker. Now I'd be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one."

"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 in his social media post.

The Jeopardy! Host Acknowledges the Disease Progression Has Affected His Whole Body at Times

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For Trebek, the stage four diagnosis was so much more worrisome because it meant that the cancer had spread beyond his pancreas and into other vital organs and the blood supply, meaning his whole body was at risk for the disease propagating. Naturally, functions in his body unrelated to his pancreas began to suffer and stop working.

"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 explained.

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The game show host was quick to brush off all the complaining about his situation, though, citing is would have been a 'betrayal' to his wife 'who has given her all to help me survive'.

"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," he shared. "And it would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf."

'If We Take It One Day at a Time with a Positive Attitude, Anthing Is Possible'

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Towards the end of his video, Trebek shared that he's keeping a positive mindset, as he has throughout this tough journey of treatment, chemotherapy, depression, and days of not feeling well. According to the show host, it's the love and fan support that have encouraged him to keep going in his fight against the disease.

He also mentioned that he's been speaking regularly with his oncologist who has actively worked to devise a plan that ensures he's alive in another year. "If we take it one day at a time with a positive attitude," Trebek concluded in his social media post. "Anything is possible."

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