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Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:23 PM

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek announces he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Source: Omaha World Herald-CNN

"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek is hoping for a victory as he wages a battle against cancer.

The longtime game show host on Wednesday announced he's been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in a video posted to the show's YouTube account.

"Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this. And I'm going to keep working 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," he said.

Trebek also joked: "Truth told, I have to because under the terms of my contract, I have to host 'Jeopardy' for three more years. So help me. Keep the faith, and we'll win. We'll get it done."

This story is developing and will be updated.





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Reply "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek announces he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer (Original post)
Omaha Steve Mar 2019 OP
hlthe2b Mar 2019 #1
JI7 Mar 2019 #7
PJMcK Mar 2019 #13
Raine Mar 2019 #18
whopis01 Mar 2019 #21
rpannier Mar 2019 #11
YOHABLO Mar 2019 #23
hlthe2b Mar 2019 #31
bitterross Mar 2019 #2
Beacool Mar 2019 #3
CTyankee Mar 2019 #4
cstanleytech Mar 2019 #8
Drahthaardogs Mar 2019 #9
Haggis for Breakfast Mar 2019 #12
BigmanPigman Mar 2019 #15
shanny Mar 2019 #27
CTyankee Mar 2019 #14
cstanleytech Mar 2019 #22
Hassin Bin Sober Mar 2019 #28
George II Mar 2019 #5
Gothmog Mar 2019 #6
LisaM Mar 2019 #10
pdsimdars Mar 2019 #16
Haggis for Breakfast Mar 2019 #17
localroger Mar 2019 #19
Haggis for Breakfast Mar 2019 #24
Hassin Bin Sober Mar 2019 #25
pdsimdars Mar 2019 #32
Ace Rothstein Mar 2019 #34
Raine Mar 2019 #20
stonecutter357 Mar 2019 #26
Xolodno Mar 2019 #29
area51 Mar 2019 #30
akraven Mar 2019 #33
ADX Mar 2019 #35

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:25 PM

1. I don't like his politics, but I'd not wish this on anyone.

I wish him the best possible treatment and outcome.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 07:12 PM

7. yes, can't imagine the show without him

 

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Response to JI7 (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 08:32 PM

13. Really?

The show existed for years before he hosted it.

Art Fleming was the host way before Trebek. Mr. Fleming was far more of a gentleman than Mr. Know-It-All Trebek.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeopardy!

The brilliant Merv Griffin produced the show, along with other programs.

Jeopardy! will continue.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #13)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:18 PM

18. I remember Art Fleming as host

I would watch when I was sick and home from school. Art Fleming will always be THE Jeopardy host for me but it was his choice to not do the show when it moved from New York to Los Angeles. Fleming was a real classy guy but I like Trebek too, it took a while for me to warm to him though.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #13)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:24 PM

21. Sure but it has been Trebek for 35 years.

That is by far the majority of the years the show has been on. And the entirety of the 3rd incarnation of the show.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 08:11 PM

11. For some reason game show hosts seem to skew conservative

I agree with you, I hope he gets the best outcome

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:37 PM

23. Hmm ''his politics''? do tell.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #23)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 06:37 AM

31. Like most game show hosts, Trebek is a conservative.

I don't get the impression he's necessarily a Trumpist, but more an old school conservative and seemingly a lot less hard-core than Chuck Woolery or Pat Sajak

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/09/16/why-do-game-show-hosts-lean-republican/?utm_term=.0cd89d824385

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:26 PM

2. Wow, terribly sad to hear this.

That's a really bad one.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:28 PM

3. I'm so sorry to hear that.

I wish him the best.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:28 PM

4. OMG, we watch it every week night right after dinner. We love the show.

I wonder how long he has known this. He is so well composed on his show. We admire him.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 07:13 PM

8. "I wonder how long he has known this." Probably not to long if its stage 4 as from what I have read

its a difficult cancer to detect in its early stages.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 07:41 PM

9. And almost always fatal.

It's a bad cancer to have

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 08:22 PM

12. Sadly, because pancreatic problems mimic other illnesses,

you can have pancreatic cancer for 10-15 years before you get that diagnosis. And by then, it's too late. The fatality rate is 98%.
Miss Aretha was able to survive for so long (10 years) because her diagnosis was made very early on, and she totally restructured everything in her life to accommodate the illness.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 08:37 PM

15. RBG recovered from it but I don't know what stage it was

or when it was detected. I know three people who died from it after only a being diagnosed with it a few months earlier.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #15)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 12:23 AM

27. Stage 1--and it was found by a routine scan/follow-up

 

for a different form of cancer from some years before.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 08:34 PM

14. Why is that?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:27 PM

22. No idea but if I had to guess its probably because of where it is located there are

a number of organs in front of it as well as severe symptoms probably do not manifest until the cancer is well advanced.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 12:26 AM

28. It often feels like a sore back.

That was the case for my father in law. What sent him to the hospital was the jaundice from the metastasis to his liver. He was gone in six weeks from there. Brutal.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:43 PM

5. Sad news. Unfortunately this is tough to diagnose until it's long down the road. Hope he kicks it!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:55 PM

6. I will be praying for a full recovery for Alex

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 07:55 PM

10. I'm sorry I poked so much fun at his team tournament this week.

If I'd known, I'd have backed off. I wish him the best and hope he is the statistical anomaly.

He probably did co-ordinate the timing of the announcement so as not to distract from the tourney.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 08:39 PM

16. What I don't get is how could it have gotten so far without earlier diagnosis?

 

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Response to pdsimdars (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 08:47 PM

17. Because pancreatic disorders mimic so many other illnesses.

Endocrinologists will tell you that there are so many other types of conditions that are far more common (and therefore expected) than pancreatic dysfunction, and tracking those down takes it own time. It is really a process of elimination. And the time expended is ruling out all other problems leaves little time for treatment if it is eventually found to be pancreatic issues.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #17)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:22 PM

19. Also, conventional surgical treatment is impossible

You can't do surgery on the pancreas because it creates digestive enzymes, and when you make any kind of incision those leak out and start digesting all the stuff they're normally isolated from by the internal structure of the pancreas. So surgical reduction of the cancer mass is impossible; all you can do is radiation and chemo, and you can't do radiation if the mass is too large because you'll kill too much of the non-cancerous pancreatic tissue too.

Pancreatic cancer is what got Randy "the last lecture" Pausch. In the Last Lecture video he looks healthy as a horse and does pushups -- but he'd seen the scans and informed himself as to what they mean. He knew, and six months after the lecture he was dead.

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Response to localroger (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:37 PM

24. I have his book.

It was inspirational. His thoughts on life and how much time and energy we waste on things that do not matter in the long run really opened my eyes. I made changes in my life after reading his book.

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Response to localroger (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 11:56 PM

25. It depends on where the cancer is.

My partner had the Steve Jobs kind - pnancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET). They snipped the tail of his pancreas off without too much trouble. They took the spleen because they share a blood vessel. Threw in the gallbladder as part of the deal.

PNETs are a very survivable type of cancer if treated with surgery. Not so much with radiation and chemo. Jobs would be alive if he followed his doctorís recommendation.

Edit to add: reading up on RBGís cancer, itís not apparent which cancer she had. The adenocarcinoma (the really bad one) or the islet cell (PNET) not so bad one. Apparently they never disclosed her type. It sure sounds like she had a PNET. The surgery sounds a lot like my partnerís. Fortunately they both had the lesion at the tail so they didnít need the more radical Whipple Proceedure.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #17)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:06 AM

32. Thanks for the explaination

 

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #17)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 04:57 PM

34. With PC, unfortunately, most people are asymptomatic until the disease has progressed.

Over half of the people diagnosed with PC are stage 4 at time of diagnosis.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:22 PM

20. He has a tough fight ahead of him

I wish him all the best..

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 12:06 AM

26. thoughts and prayers.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 12:43 AM

29. It was nice watching him on TV.

...hope he fulfills anything he wanted that he hasn't accomplished.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 01:58 AM

30. If he goes back to his native Canada,

I'd image they'll treat him for free instead of emptying his bank account like here in the states.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 04:28 PM

33. I so hate this. My fave Jeopardy host ever. Damn.

Hopefully the new treatments will work. Hang in there, Alex, please?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:53 PM

35. I'll never understand...

 

...why a person's politics matters to some people when that person is facing a life-and-death struggle against something as insidious as cancer.

Best wishes, Mr. Trebek; stay strong...

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