What is ... AMAZING NEWS?????
Beloved "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is revealing that his stage 4 pancreatic cancer is in "near remission," according to his doctors.
He tells PEOPLE, "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."
Trebek says he still has several more rounds of chemotherapy go through so that he can hopefully get into full remission.
He credits the support from fans for his improvement in health, saying, “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."
Trebek added, “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.”
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!”