Alex Trebek updates fans on his health, one year after pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Alex Trebek

Beloved long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek gave fans an update on his health on Wednesday.

A year ago, Trebek was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The 79-year-old game show host recorded a roughly two-minute video addressed to fans.

“Hi, everyone. If you’ve got a minute I’d like to bring you up to date on my health situation,” Trebek told viewers. “The one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18 percent. I’m very happy to report I have just reached that marker.”

Trebek continued, saying that “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.”

He added that although “there were moments of great pain” and “massive attacks of great depression” – along with doubts of whether it was worth continuing treatment – he fought on for his wife, Jean.

“I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal — a betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive,” Trebek said.

Watch the heartfelt update to Jeopardy fans below:

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