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Alex Trebek is a fighter — but what’s the prognosis for stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

On Wednesday, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek revealed that he’s been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In the video message announcing his diagnosis, the game-show vet is optimistic: “Normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging,” says the 78-year-old. “But I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working and with the love and support from my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.” It’s an inspiring speech — but sadly, the odds aren’t in Trebek’s favor. “Unfortunately, the prognosis is poor for patients with stage 4 pancreas cancer,” Daniel M. Labow, M.D., chief of Mount Sinai Hospital’s surgic ...
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