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Alex Trebek Announces He Has Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Since 1984, it has been Alex Trebek's job to stand before the cameras as the host of the game show "Jeopardy!" You give your answer in the form of a question. The news he gave yesterday, though, was no game.

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ALEX TREBEK: Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In a video, Trebek notes the prognosis is normally, quote, "not very encouraging," but the 78-year-old is remaining confident

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TREBEK: I'm going to fight this. And I'm going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers, also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.

INSKEEP: Trebek also clearly bears in mind that a time of bad news is a time when you most need a sense of humor.

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TREBEK: Truth told, I have to. Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host "Jeopardy!" for three more years.

GREENE: And in that spirit, let's just say that today's "Jeopardy!" answer is Alex Trebek.

INSKEEP: Who says he's going to beat the odds?

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GREENE: And let's look ahead to later this afternoon on All Things Considered. Democrats who control the House now are struggling to manage differences between moderates and progressives. You can listen to that story by asking your smart speaker to play NPR or your local member station by name. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.