It’s only been three months since Alex Trebek revealed that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and the Jeopardy! host is sharing some good news.
In a new interview with People, Alex has revealed that his tumors have shrunk and he’s “near remission.”
It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Alex revealed. “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 percent.”
Alex shared that he’s not clear yet, he still has to undergo more chemotherapy sessions before he can get the all clear from his doctors. However, the news the news that the tumors are responding to the treatment is uplifting and even made the stoic game show host a bit teary eyed.
“But they were tears of joy, not tears of depression,” he adds.
During an interview on Good Morning American, Alex had revealed that he had been dealing with bouts of sadness that made him cry.
“I’m used to dealing with pain, but what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness, and it brings tears to my eyes,” he told GMA’s Robin Roberts. “I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss. But I’m fighting through it.”
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And fight he is.
Alex has been helped by the support of fans, family and friends alike. Olivia Newton John, who is dealing with her own battle with cancer, sent along a heartfelt message to Alex to
“I sent him a message saying, ‘I know you can get through this,’ and, ‘Don’t listen to stage four and all of [that]. Don’t read the statistics and stay focused and see how you can heal yourself,” Olivia told ET. “Sense of humor is vital. He has a great attitude and a great sense of humor about it and I’m sure he’ll do very well.”
We’re wishing Alex a speedy recovery.