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  • TREBEK. THE LEDGEGENDARY HOST OF JURY TR

  • THE LEDGEGENDARY HOST OF JURY TR REVEALED HE’S DIAGNOSED WITH

  • REVEALED HE’S DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.

  • CANCER. >> GOOD MORNING.

  • >> GOOD MORNING. DEVASTATING NEWS TO THE

  • DEVASTATING NEWS TO THE "JEOPARDY" FANS AND ALL OF US

  • "JEOPARDY" FANS AND ALL OF US WHO HAVE WATCHED HIM OVER THREE

  • WHO HAVE WATCHED HIM OVER THREE DECADES.

  • DECADES. ALEX TREBEK SAYING LIKE 50,000

  • ALEX TREBEK SAYING LIKE 50,000 OTHERS IN THE U.S. EACH YEAR, HE

  • OTHERS IN THE U.S. EACH YEAR, HE HAS PANGCREATIC CANCER.

  • HAS PANGCREATIC CANCER. >> Reporter: HE’S THE FACE OF

  • >> Reporter: HE’S THE FACE OF THE GAME SHOW WEVE ALL GROWN UP

  • THE GAME SHOW WEVE ALL GROWN UP WITH.

  • WITH. >> Announcer: THIS IS "EQUIP

  • >> Announcer: THIS IS "EQUIP "JEOPARDY."

  • "JEOPARDY." >> Reporter: 78-YEAR-OLD ALEX

  • >> Reporter: 78-YEAR-OLD ALEX TREBEK WITH A DEAFVASTATING

  • TREBEK WITH A DEAFVASTATING DIAGNOSIS, STAGE 4 PANCREATIC

  • DIAGNOSIS, STAGE 4 PANCREATIC CANCER.

  • CANCER. >> THE PROGNOSIS FOR THIS IS NOT

  • >> THE PROGNOSIS FOR THIS IS NOT ENCOURAGING, BUT I’M GOING TO

  • ENCOURAGING, BUT I’M GOING TO FIGHT THIS.

  • FIGHT THIS. >> Reporter: ONLY 3% OF PEOPLE

  • >> Reporter: ONLY 3% OF PEOPLE AT HIS STAGE LIVE MORE THAN FIVE

  • AT HIS STAGE LIVE MORE THAN FIVE YEARS.

  • YEARS. THE DISEASE CLAIMING SINGER

  • THE DISEASE CLAIMING SINGER ARETHA FRANKLIN, APPLE FOUNDER

  • ARETHA FRANKLIN, APPLE FOUNDER STEVE JOBS, AND ACTOR PATRICK

  • STEVE JOBS, AND ACTOR PATRICK SWAYZE.

  • SWAYZE. >> WITH THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF

  • >> WITH THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND WITH

  • MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND WITH THE HELP OF YOUR PRAYERS, ALSO,

  • THE HELP OF YOUR PRAYERS, ALSO, I PLAN TO BEAT THE LOW SURVIVAL

  • I PLAN TO BEAT THE LOW SURVIVAL RATE STATISTICS FOR THIS

  • RATE STATISTICS FOR THIS DISEASE.

  • DISEASE. >> Reporter: SOCIAL MEDIA

  • >> Reporter: SOCIAL MEDIA LIGHTING UP IN SUPPORT.

  • LIGHTING UP IN SUPPORT. KEN JENNINGS, THE "JEOPARDY"

  • KEN JENNINGS, THE "JEOPARDY" CONTESTANT WITH THE LONGEST

  • CONTESTANT WITH THE LONGEST WINNING STREAK TWEETING, ALEX

  • WINNING STREAK TWEETING, ALEX TREBEK IS AN AUTHORITATIVE,

  • TREBEK IS AN AUTHORITATIVE, REASSURING TV VOICE.

  • REASSURING TV VOICE. PAT SAJAK TWEETING, I’D NEVER

  • PAT SAJAK TWEETING, I’D NEVER BET AGAINST HIM.

  • BET AGAINST HIM. WE AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ARE

  • WE AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ARE PULLING FOR YOU, ALEX.

  • PULLING FOR YOU, ALEX. THIS ISN’T TRAEEBEK’S FIRST HEAL

  • THIS ISN’T TRAEEBEK’S FIRST HEAL SCARE.

  • SCARE. >> I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU

  • >> I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN.

  • FOR YOUR CONCERN. >> Reporter: IN 2018, ANNOUNCING

  • >> Reporter: IN 2018, ANNOUNCING HE HAD BRAIN SURGERY TO REMOVE

  • HE HAD BRAIN SURGERY TO REMOVE BLOOD CLOTS AFTER SUFFERING A

  • BLOOD CLOTS AFTER SUFFERING A FALL.

  • FALL. >> SLIPPING AND HITTING MY HEAD

  • >> SLIPPING AND HITTING MY HEAD LED TO BLOOD ON THE BRAIN, AONE

  • LED TO BLOOD ON THE BRAIN, AONE OF THESE SWELLINGS.

  • OF THESE SWELLINGS. >> Reporter: HIS SHOW RECENTLY

  • >> Reporter: HIS SHOW RECENTLY POKING FUN WITH A CATEGORY

  • POKING FUN WITH A CATEGORY CALLED.

  • CALLED. >> THE MEDICAL FILE OF ALEX

  • >> THE MEDICAL FILE OF ALEX TREBEK.

  • TREBEK. YUP, I’VE HAD EVERYTHING,

  • YUP, I’VE HAD EVERYTHING, HAVEN’T I?

  • HAVEN’T I? >> Reporter: IN RECENT SBHER

  • >> Reporter: IN RECENT SBHER INTERVIEWS, HE TALKED ABOUT

  • INTERVIEWS, HE TALKED ABOUT RETIREMENT, FLOATING IDEAS FOR

  • RETIREMENT, FLOATING IDEAS FOR WHO WILL REPLACE HIM AS HOST.

  • WHO WILL REPLACE HIM AS HOST. >> IT IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE A

  • >> IT IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE A WOMAN.

  • WOMAN. ITLL BE SOMEBODY YOUNGER.

  • ITLL BE SOMEBODY YOUNGER. SOMEBODY BRIGHT.

  • SOMEBODY BRIGHT. SOMEBODY PERSONABLE.

  • SOMEBODY PERSONABLE. >> Reporter: THE MAN WITH ALL

  • >> Reporter: THE MAN WITH ALL THE ANSWERS SAYS THERE’S NO

  • THE ANSWERS SAYS THERE’S NO QUESTION HELL BEAT THE ODDS.

  • QUESTION HELL BEAT THE ODDS. >> UNDER THE TERMS OF MY

  • >> UNDER THE TERMS OF MY CONTRACT, I HAVE TO HOST

  • CONTRACT, I HAVE TO HOST "JEOPARDY" FOR THREE MORE YEARS,

  • "JEOPARDY" FOR THREE MORE YEARS, SO HELP ME.

  • SO HELP ME. KEEP THE FAITH, AND WELL WIN.

  • KEEP THE FAITH, AND WELL WIN. >> IN A STATEMENT, THE CHAIRMAN

  • >> IN A STATEMENT, THE CHAIRMAN OF SONY PICTURES TV, WHICH

  • OF SONY PICTURES TV, WHICH PRODUCES "JEOPARDY" SAID IF

  • PRODUCES "JEOPARDY" SAID IF ANYONE CAN BEAT THIS, IT’S ALEX.

  • ANYONE CAN BEAT THIS, IT’S ALEX. HE HAS OUR FULL SUPPORT AS HE

  • HE HAS OUR FULL SUPPORT AS HE TACKLES THIS CHALLENGE HEAD ON.

  • TACKLES THIS CHALLENGE HEAD ON. GUYS, BACK TO YOU.

  • GUYS, BACK TO YOU. >> MIGUEL, THANK YOU.

  • >> MIGUEL, THANK YOU. NBC NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT

  • NBC NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES IS WITH US.

  • DR. JOHN TORRES IS WITH US. IT STRIKES ME, ALEX TREBEK LOOKS

  • IT STRIKES ME, ALEX TREBEK LOOKS TOTALLY HEALTHY.

  • TOTALLY HEALTHY. WHAT IS HAPPENING INSIDE HIS

  • WHAT IS HAPPENING INSIDE HIS BODY WITH THIS STAGE 4

  • BODY WITH THIS STAGE 4 DIAGNOSIS?

  • DIAGNOSIS? >> HE’S IN GREAT SPIRITS.

  • >> HE’S IN GREAT SPIRITS. >> YEAH.

  • >> YEAH. >> THE FACT HE LOOKS HEALTHY IS

  • >> THE FACT HE LOOKS HEALTHY IS PART OF THE PROBLEM.

  • PART OF THE PROBLEM. WHEN PATIENTS COME TO YOU, THEY

  • WHEN PATIENTS COME TO YOU, THEY LOOK FANTASTIC, LOOK GREAT.

  • LOOK FANTASTIC, LOOK GREAT. THEY HAVEN’T HAD MUCH PROBLEMS.

  • THEY HAVEN’T HAD MUCH PROBLEMS. INSIDE, THIS CANCER IS GROWING.

  • INSIDE, THIS CANCER IS GROWING. USUALLY, THE FIRST SIGNS WE GET

  • USUALLY, THE FIRST SIGNS WE GET FROM THEM IS THEY SAY, THERE’S A

  • FROM THEM IS THEY SAY, THERE’S A GNAWING PAIN RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE

  • GNAWING PAIN RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF MY BELLY, UNDER THE RIB CAGE

  • OF MY BELLY, UNDER THE RIB CAGE AND IT GOES TO THE BACK.

  • AND IT GOES TO THE BACK. MAYBE I’M FEELING A LITTLE

  • MAYBE I’M FEELING A LITTLE TIRED.

  • TIRED. THEYRE VAGUE SYMPTOMS.

  • THEYRE VAGUE SYMPTOMS. THE ORGAN IS SO INSIDE THE BODY,

  • THE ORGAN IS SO INSIDE THE BODY, IT IS HARD TO GET SYMPTOMS.

  • IT IS HARD TO GET SYMPTOMS. >> IS THERE A SCREENING TEST?

  • >> IS THERE A SCREENING TEST? >> THERE’S NO SCREENING TESTS AT

  • >> THERE’S NO SCREENING TESTS AT THIS POINT.

  • THIS POINT. SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS ARE

  • SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS ARE TRYING TO GET TESTS, ESPECIALLY

  • TRYING TO GET TESTS, ESPECIALLY BLOOD TESTS.

  • BLOOD TESTS. WERE AROUND THE CORNER, BUT IT

  • WERE AROUND THE CORNER, BUT IT IS STILL NOT HERE.

  • IS STILL NOT HERE. >> STAGE 4, WHAT PRECISELY DOES

  • >> STAGE 4, WHAT PRECISELY DOES THAT MEAN, AND WHAT ARE HIS

  • THAT MEAN, AND WHAT ARE HIS OPTIONS IN TERMS OF TREATMENT?

  • OPTIONS IN TERMS OF TREATMENT? >> STAGE 4, THEY STAGE ALL

  • >> STAGE 4, THEY STAGE ALL CANCERS IN FOUR STAGES.

  • CANCERS IN FOUR STAGES. ONE IS LOCALIZED INSIDE OF THE

  • ONE IS LOCALIZED INSIDE OF THE PANCREAS.

  • PANCREAS. TWO IS THE SAME.

  • TWO IS THE SAME. THIRD, IT IS NOT SURGICALLY

  • THIRD, IT IS NOT SURGICALLY CORRECTABLE BECAUSE THERE ARE SO

  • CORRECTABLE BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY SITES.

  • MANY SITES. OPTIONS ARE CHEMOTHERAPY,

  • OPTIONS ARE CHEMOTHERAPY, RADIATION, AND SURGERY.

  • RADIATION, AND SURGERY. >> IS THIS SOMETHING HEREDITARY,

  • >> IS THIS SOMETHING HEREDITARY, IF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, SHOULD

  • IF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, SHOULD YOU GET CHECKED?

  • YOU GET CHECKED? IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO?

  • IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO? >> HEREDITARY, FAMILY MEMBER.

  • >> HEREDITARY, FAMILY MEMBER. DIABETES IS ANOTHER ONE.

  • DIABETES IS ANOTHER ONE. THOSE ARE ONES THAT YOU CAN’T

  • THOSE ARE ONES THAT YOU CAN’T CONTROL BECAUSE YOU HAVE THEM OR

  • CONTROL BECAUSE YOU HAVE THEM OR DON’T HAVE THEM.

  • DON’T HAVE THEM. THE ONES YOU CAN CONTROL ARE

  • THE ONES YOU CAN CONTROL ARE SMOKING, BEING OVERWEIGHT.

  • SMOKING, BEING OVERWEIGHT. WE THINK INACTIVITY, AS WELL.

  • WE THINK INACTIVITY, AS WELL. >> HE LOOKS THE PICTURE OF

  • >> HE LOOKS THE PICTURE OF HEALTH.

  • HEALTH. >> AGAIN, THAT’S THE ISSUE.

  • >> AGAIN, THAT’S THE ISSUE. THEY LOOK FANTASTIC.

  • THEY LOOK FANTASTIC. IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET TO THE

  • IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU SAY, LET’S CHECK

  • POINT WHERE YOU SAY, LET’S CHECK YOU FOR PANCREATIC CANCER.

  • YOU FOR PANCREATIC CANCER. >> EVERY TIME SOMETHING LIKE

  • >> EVERY TIME SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS, I MEAN, THE ONLY

  • THIS HAPPENS, I MEAN, THE ONLY GOOD SIDE OF IT IS MAYBE PEOPLE

  • GOOD SIDE OF IT IS MAYBE PEOPLE WILL LEARN.

  • WILL LEARN. WHAT IS THERE TO LEARN HERE?

  • WHAT IS THERE TO LEARN HERE? I MEAN, WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE BE

  • I MEAN, WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE BE LOOKING OUT FOR IN TERMS OF

  • LOOKING OUT FOR IN TERMS OF SYMPTOMS FOR THEMSELVES?

  • SYMPTOMS FOR THEMSELVES? >> CONTROL THE FACTORS YOU CAN.

  • >> CONTROL THE FACTORS YOU CAN. STOP SMOKING, LOSE WEIGHT,

  • STOP SMOKING, LOSE WEIGHT, EXERCISE.

  • EXERCISE. I TELL PEOPLE, KNOW YOUR BODY.

  • I TELL PEOPLE, KNOW YOUR BODY. IF YOU KNOW SIS SYMPTOMS,

  • IF YOU KNOW SIS SYMPTOMS, ESPECIALLY THIS GNAWING PAIN

  • ESPECIALLY THIS GNAWING PAIN GOING INTO YOUR BACK, FATIGUE

  • GOING INTO YOUR BACK, FATIGUE THAT’S NOT USUALLY THERE, TELL