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'On the Mend': Alex Trebek Returns to Jeopardy!

Host has been fighting pancreatic cancer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 29, 2019 6:16 PM CDT
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Alex Trebek, shown speaking at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017, is taping new episodes of "Jeopardy!"   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has returned to work, saying he's "on the mend" following treatment for pancreatic cancer. The game show posted a video Thursday on Twitter showing the 79-year-old host back on set and promising "a good year" ahead. He actually started work on July 22, his birthday, the AP reports. New episodes of the upcoming Season 36 are slated to begin airing on Sept. 9.

Trebek announced his diagnosis in March. He said he planned to beat the disease's low survival rate with the love and support of family and friends and with prayers from viewers. The American Cancer Society estimates 3% of patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer are alive 5 years after being diagnosed. "I've gone through a lot of chemotherapy," Trebek said in the video, per CNN, "and thankfully that is now over." (Trebek discussed the toll of the disease and the treatment.)


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