Jeopardy host Alex Trebek gives update on cancer battle a year after diagnosis

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has opened up about living with his incurable cancer a year after his diagnosis.

The legendary gameshow presenter, 79, has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and described how happy he is to be one of the 18% of patients who survive a year living with the life-threatening illness.

Stage 4 cancer is the highest level, which means it's incurable at this point, and will spread to other parts of the body.

Alex explained: "The one year survival rate for stage four pancreatic cancer patients is 18%. I'm very happy to report I have just reached that marker."

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He detailed his best and worst days, and admitted it was rather up and down throughout his diagnosis.

"Now I'd be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one. There were some good days but a lot of not-so-good days," he explained.

"I joke with friends that the cancer won't kill me, the chemo treatments will."

He suffered from attacks of "great depression", and other days where his bodily functions wouldn't work properly – which eventually made him feel in doubt about wanting to carry on with his life.

The host said it would have been a "betrayal" to his wife and soulmate Jean, who has helped him to survive, and quickly brushed those dark thoughts aside.

Alex's positive mindset pulled him through the difficult journey.

He revealed that encouragement from his fans who look to him for inspiration has played a huge part in saving his life.

The fighting star is taking each day at a time and will keep his viewers posted as he is determined to get to the second anniversary of survival.

His oncologist told him in two years from now, the pair will be sitting in his office, celebrating the defeated battle.

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