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Alex Trebek Admits He Almost Gave Up On Life During Cancer Treatment But He's Glad He Didn't

By Jeff Mazzeo

Alex Trebek admitted his journey has not been an easy one and that he almost lost hope while dealing with severe bouts of depression but he's happy he didn't.

The "Jeopardy!" host shared an update to mark the momentous milestone of living another year. It's a big deal because the one-year survival rate for patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer is said to be 18% and Trebek has just passed the one year mark. He shared a video with his fans to thank them and give credit to his wife for sacrificing so much to help Alex with his treatment.

"I'd be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one," Trebek explained in his video. "I joked with friends that the cancer won't kill me, the chemo treatments will."

"There were moments of great pain, days where certain bodily functions no longer functioned, and sudden massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on," he stated.

Scroll down to watch his update.

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Alex continued his emotional update by saying it would have been a "massive betrayal" if he gave up hope and stopped fighting.

He said it would have been a "betrayal of my wife and soulmate Jean, 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."

Trebek went on to say that he couldn't give up because it would have been a betrayal of his faith in God and all the prayers that were said in his honor.

Taking On Year 2


The TV host ended his update by discussing the year two survival rate of stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients and said he will keep up the good fight. Trebek's oncologist told him that despite the survival rate dropping to 7% but he was certain that he would be smiling and laughing with Alex when he reaches that milestone.

"If we, because so many of us are involved in this same situation, if we take it just one day at a time with a positive attitude, anything is possible! I'll keep you posted," he said at the end of his update.

You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers, Alex.

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Alex Trebek announced his diagnosis in March, telling fans, “Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working.”

He was in good spirits at the time, joking, “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. Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years!”

In May, Trebek said he was "near remission" but unfortunately, he had to undergo a second bach of chemotherapy.

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