There’s good news for fans of the popular NBC television show Jeopardy and its longstanding host, Alex Trebek.
Just three months after the Canadian television host shared his disheartening diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Trebek says that his illness is “near remission”.
He shared the positive news with People Magazine early Wednesday morning.
“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Trebek told People. “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%.”
While the news is hopeful, the 78-year-old still has to endure several more rounds of chemotherapy to potentially transition into full remission.
“Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” said Trebek in March when he first announced his diagnosis.
“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working.”
Despite the concerning news, Trebek’s spirits remained high during his announcement.
“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!”