Alex Trebek taking it ‘one day at a time’ as he gives 1-year update on health

One year after cancer diagnosis, Alex Trebek gives update on health

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek gave an update on his health one year after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The longtime game show host’s message was posted Wednesday morning on the “Jeopardy!” Twitter account. The 79-year-old said the one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer is 18%.

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“I’m very happy to report I have just reached that marker,” Trebek said.

Trebek added that his year battling cancer had been difficult.

“I’d be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one,” Trebek said in the video, adding there were days of great pain. “There were some good days, but a lot of not-so-good days.”

Trebek also said he wrestled with bouts of depression during the past year, “that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on.”

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

Trebek added that giving up would have been a betrayal of cancer patients who look to him for inspiration, a betrayal of his fans, and a betrayal of his faith in God. He said his oncologist told him that there was only a 7% rate of a patient becoming a two-year survivor.

“If I -- no -- 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.”

FILE PHOTO: Alex Trebek has already thought about what he will say for his final “Jeopardy!” broadcast -- and he will only need about 30 seconds to get out the words.
FILE PHOTO: Alex Trebek has already thought about what he will say for his final “Jeopardy!” broadcast -- and he will only need about 30 seconds to get out the words. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)