Alex Trebek reveals that he has completed chemotherapy for his stage 4 pancreatic cancer

& # 39; Danger! & # 39; host Alex Trebek has revealed that he has completed his stage 4 treatment for pancreatic cancer and will continue to record shows for the 36th season of the show.

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The news comes just six months after the beloved presenter, 78, revealed that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with only nine percent chances of survival.

& # 39; I have had a lot of chemotherapy. Fortunately that is now over. I'm improving and that's all I can hope for now, & # 39; Trebek said.

Trebek announced in March that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Loved & # 39; danger a lot! & # 39; host Alex Trebek has revealed that he has completed his stage 4 treatment for pancreatic cancer and will record shows for the 36th season of the show

Loved & # 39; danger a lot! & # 39; host Alex Trebek has revealed that he has completed his stage 4 treatment for pancreatic cancer and will record shows for the 36th season of the show

Trebek said that he suffered from unbearable pain early in his treatment, both during and outside the camera while working on the quiz show, but continued treatment.

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& # 39; I was writhing in pain. It went from a 3 to an 11, & # 39; said Trebek. & # 39; And it happened three or four times that day while we were recording. So that was a bit rough for me. & # 39;

Trebek credits his incredible progress with not only the help of medication, but also the love of his fans.

& # 39; I have a few million people there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy focused on me and their prayers, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; I told the doctors that this should be more than just the chemo, and they agreed that this could very well be an important part of this. & # 39;

& # 39; I have a lot of love in my direction and much prayer, and I will never minimize its value. & # 39;

Trebek revealed that he became emotional after hearing that he was approaching remission in May. & # 39; But they were tears of joy, & # 39; he said. & # 39; No tears of depression. & # 39;

Trebek credits his incredible progress with not only the help of medication, but also the love of his danger! fans

Trebek credits his incredible progress with not only the help of medication, but also the love of his danger! fans

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Trebek credits his incredible progress with not only the help of medication, but also the love of his danger! fans

Trebek has been frank about the emotional and physical pain he suffered during his cancer fight.

He revealed in April during a particularly debilitating period of treatment that there would be days when he was struck with stomach cramps so unbearable that they would cry him in pain in his dressing room.

& # 39; This became very bad, & # 39; he said CBS Sunday morningis Jane Pauley. & # 39; I was writhing in pain. It went from a three to an 11. And I just couldn't believe it, I didn't know what was happening. & # 39;

But Trebek said he would ask the crew for pain pills and soldier, and refused to cancel episodes.

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& # 39; I got through it, & # 39; he said. & # 39; And the producers were very nice. They said, "Look, if you don't want to do the show, we'll just cancel the recording." I said, "No. We're here. We're doing the show."

In another interview with Good morning America Around the same time, Trebek revealed that there were days when the cancer gave him a & # 39; deep, deep sorrow & # 39; made it feel.

The beloved danger! host, pictured with his wife Jean in 2014, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March

The beloved danger! host, pictured with his wife Jean in 2014, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March

The beloved danger! host, pictured with his wife Jean in 2014, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March

& # 39; I have had kidney stones, I have had ruptured discs, so I am used to dealing with pain, but what I am not used to being are the peaks that suddenly arise from deep, deep sorrow, and it brings tears in my eyes, & he said.

PANCREATIC TREATMENT OF CANCER

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by Mia de Graaf, US Health Editor

Pancreatic cancer is usually diagnosed at a later stage, because symptoms are rare in the beginning.

Alex Trebek, like most others, was diagnosed in phase 4.

Three percent of people with stage 4 pancreatic cancer survive five years after their diagnosis.

But Trebek says, contrary to expectations, his tumors have shrunk by 50% since he started chemotherapy.

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TREATMENT OPTIONS

FIRST CITIES: Before it has spread, surgery is preferred, followed by chemotherapy and / or radiation.

BORDERLINE SPREAD: some cancers have reached near blood vessels. In that case, doctors use radiation therapy and / or chemo to reduce the tumor and then remove it by surgery.

LOCALLY ADVANCED: If the cancer has spread somewhat, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are used together.

ADVANCED: For metastatic pancreatic cancer (i.e., cancer that has spread far from the original site, such as that of Trebek), chemotherapy is the first-line option.

Radiotherapy is often used in the late stages of other types of cancer, but it has been not effective with painful side effects in some pancreatic cancer studies.

& # 39; I have found throughout this episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I am a bit of a knack, & he continued with his famous good-natured humor. & # 39; But I am fighting through it. & # 39;

Trebek joked that he & # 39; luck & # 39; because his diagnosis was at the end of the danger! season.

& # 39; We have closed the season and now I have the summer months to recover and become strong again, & # 39; he went on. & # 39; I just need to get strong because, as you know, the chemo gets it out of you. I mean, I always feel so weak and that's not a good place to be. & # 39;

& # 39; Chemo affects people in different ways and people need to understand that, & # 39; he added. & # 39; There is nothing wrong with saying: & # 39; Hey, I'm really depressed today and I have no idea why, why am I crying today? & # 39;

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Roberts, himself a co-survivor of cancer, noted that the host & # 39; typically Alex Trebek & # 39; was when he walked into the studio that morning and made jokes with everyone.

& # 39; I just take it as it comes, & # 39; Trebek said, discussing his chemotherapy. & # 39; I go in, I sit down, I joke with the nurses and I am there for an hour and a half while they inject all this stuff into me and then I go home and have a good day. & # 39;

& # 39; Then the next day, for no reason that I can fathom it, it turns to me – but that's fine. You have to deal with it. What am I going to do? It is something that I have to deal with, we deal with it chemically and spiritually and that is positive. & # 39;

& # 39; Hopefully everything goes well and I will be back in air with the original programming in September. & # 39;

Trebek announced his devastating diagnosis in a YouTube video to Jeopardy! fans in March, joking that he had to beat the cancer because he had a contract to organize the show for the next three years.

Trebek has the support of his family: son Matthew (far left), daughter Nicky (second left), daughter Emily (center) and wife Jean (second right)
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Trebek has the support of his family: son Matthew (far left), daughter Nicky (second left), daughter Emily (center) and wife Jean (second right)

Trebek has the support of his family: son Matthew (far left), daughter Nicky (second left), daughter Emily (center) and wife Jean (second right)

& # 39; I'm going to fight this and keep working & # 39 ;, he said bravely. & # 39; Keep the faith, and we'll win, we'll get it done. & # 39;

Ultimately, Trebek said that his entire fight against cancer made him realize that he was an & # 39; extremely happy individual & # 39; is.

& # 39; Despite the fact that this diagnosis is not good, I managed to receive so much love from so many people & he said.

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& # 39; You often don't get that during your life. After you die, after you die, people say, "Oh, he was such a good guy that we really liked him," but I understand all of that before that event. So it gives me a very, very good feeling. & # 39;

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