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March 6, 2019 5:10 pm  #1


Alex Trebek Reveals Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but pledges to finish this season of Jeopardy. Pancreatic cancer, which took my sister-in-law in a matter of weeks after she was diagnosed, is in most cases a death sentence. I'm sorry to be so blunt, but that's the nature of that form of the disease. It is almost impossible to defeat and has a survival rate of something like only 8% after five years.

Despite the odds (and joking in the video below that his contract runs for three more years) Trebek vows he's going to fight to beat it, which won't be easy. I doubt he will be able to host the game show after this season, if he finishes it at all and I wonder if the producers have anyone else in mind or have ever considered the possibility of who might replace him after some 35 years as host. 

Alex Trebek announces he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer


 

March 6, 2019 5:21 pm  #2


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By the way, I should add one of the few people who actually beat the odds works in broadcasting right here in Toronto.

Libby Znaimer, former reporter for City TV, currently with AM 740 and sister of owner Moses Znaimer, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and survived, thanks to a risky and somewhat new treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital.

But it won't work for everyone and the prognosis is often very grim. 

Libby Znaimer beats breast and pancreatic cancers

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March 6, 2019 5:49 pm  #3


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Shitposty, Postmedia-level title...

 

March 6, 2019 5:54 pm  #4


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Man, what a week....lot's of not so good news...I love Alex and Jeopardy...wishing him a full recovery!


The world would be so good if it weren't for some people...
 

March 6, 2019 7:15 pm  #5


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The fact that it is Stage 4 pancreatic cancer is particularly grim because it means it has likely spread to other parts of his body.

About 2 weeks ago, the Documentary channel aired a show which covered the history of TV Quiz shows and Alex interviewed a few former game show hosts such as Regis Philbin.   It also showed clips of him hosting a show in the early 70s called The Wizard of Odds.

After learning today of his health issue, I am very glad I watched the documentary.

 

March 7, 2019 1:36 pm  #6


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I saw the Doc as well.  It was a good informative piece.

 

April 15, 2019 7:58 am  #7


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I just found an article about Art Fleming's early radio career in Ohio. If you don't remember the name, he hosted the original Jeopardy that ran on NBC from 1964-1975. What struck me most, though wasn't his life in broadcasting but how it ended. In a bizarre coincidence, Fleming died from pancreatic cancer - the same disease that current Jeopardy host Alex Trebek is fighting. 

Original ‘Jeopardy!’ host was Akron radio star     

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April 15, 2019 9:25 am  #8


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Ronnie Hawkins had pancreatic cancer. According to Wikipedia (and its sources), he attributed his survival to everything from psychic healers to native herbal medicine.
 

 

April 15, 2019 12:23 pm  #9


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It was interesting to learn that Art Fleming was an actor.  I remember watching Jeopardy when he was the host because NBC used to show it at noon and I could watch it on my school lunch break.  His style reminded me of a university professor, somewhat stiff and pompous.  But it suited the noon time slot and he obviously used his training as an actor to put his stamp on the show. 

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April 15, 2019 3:49 pm  #10


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Saul wrote:

Ronnie Hawkins had pancreatic cancer. According to Wikipedia (and its sources), he attributed his survival to everything from psychic healers to native herbal medicine. 

The late Bob Hunter, founder of Greenpeace and the Ecology reporter for City TV, had prostate cancer and as was his maverick want, he eschewed traditional medicine, travelling to Mexico instead for a host of questionable treatments. By the time he realized none of the stuff would work, it was too late. He died about six months later in 2005. 

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