The popular host of the TV game show Jeopardy posted on Twitter today that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He said he, like 50,000 other Americans, gets diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer each year.
Trebek, 78, has hosted the show since 1984. The show has remained on television in the early evening for a very long time.
Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of the major cancers with 91 percent of patients dying within five years of a diagnosis. It is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
Gemcitabine (Gemzar) is the most commonly used drug for late-stage pancreatic cancer. You may get this drug alone, or combined with other drugs such as albumin-bound paclitaxel (Abraxane), erlotinib (Tarceva), or capecitabine (Xeloda). Clinical trials are another option.
We wish Mr Trebek well. Jeopardy was regarded as educational as well as entertaining,
Most likely a new host will be groomed to replace Alex Trebek as the show’s popularity has never wavered.