Tv’s king of trivia, Alex Trebek, says he will fight and beat advanced Pancreatic cancer.
The Jeopardy! host announced his diagnosis Wednesday.
Trebek is 78, and said while his prognosis is not encouraging, he will fight.
After 35 years and more than 8,000 episodes, Trebek plans to keep working, even as he fights an advanced disease with a five-year-survival of rate of less than 10 percent.
“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” said Trebek.
Stage four Pancreatic cancer is the most advanced type.
Just three percent of people survive five years.
Still, Trebek promised to beat it with his trademark wit.
“Truth told, I have to,” said Trebek. “Because under the terms of my contract I have to host Jeopardy for 3 more years.”
According to the Illinois Cancer Care, it’s estimated that new cases of Pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2016 were over 50,000.
Dr. Chandler Wilfong specializes in Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery for OSF Healthcare Medical Center. He said…
“Pancreatic cancer in general is a disease that effects the older population. If you have unusual symptoms, like fatigue that can’t be explained by what’s going on in your life or unexplained weightloss, you absolutley should see your doctor.”
Pancreatic cancer, the 12th most common cancer in the United States, is relatively rare; however, it is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the US.
Pancreatic cancer incidence rates are higher in men than in women.
“The best thing you could do prevent, or lower, your risk of pancreatic cancer is focus on a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Wilfong. “Have a moderate amount of health intake and if you’re a smoker, you should do your best to quit smoking.”
For the millions of people who watch Jeopardy each week, this word describes a beloved host who isn’t giving up. What is courageous?
“Help me keep the faith and we’ll win,” said the trivia king. “We’ll get it done. Thank you.”
Illinois Cancer Care says cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor for Pancreatic cancer.
Additional risk factors include personal history of diabetes, obesity, certain hereditary conditions, and a family history of the disease or pancreatitis.
The following stages are used for pancreatic cancer:
Stage 0 (Carcinoma In Situ)
In stage 0, abnormal cells are found in the lining of the pancreas. These abnormal cells may become cancer and spread into nearby normal tissue. Stage 0 is also called carcinoma in situ.
In stage I, cancer has formed and is found in the pancreas only. Stage I is divided into stage IA and stage IB, based on the size of the tumor.
Stage IA: The tumor is 2 centimeters or smaller.
Stage IB: The tumor is larger than 2 centimeters.
In stage II, cancer may have spread to nearby tissue and organs, and may have spread to lymph nodes near the pancreas. Stage II is divided into stage IIA and stage IIB, based on where the cancer has spread.
Stage IIA: Cancer has spread to nearby tissue and organs but has not spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Stage IIB: Cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes and may have spread to nearby tissue and organs.
In stage III, cancer has spread to the major blood vessels near the pancreas and may have spread to nearby lymph nodes.
In stage IV, cancer may be of any size and has spread to distant organs, such as the liver, lung, and peritoneal cavity. It may have also spread to organs and tissues near the pancreas or to lymph nodes.
All information was taken from the NCI (National Cancer Institute)