On Monday, Trebek told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” he’s responding exceptionally well to treatment for pancreatic cancer and expects to mark his two-year survival next February. Trebek turns 80 on Wednesday.
Beloved ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek took to socialmedia on Thursday to share an update on his health.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was successfully treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009, after the disease was detected early during a regular checkup. She completed a three-week course of radiation therapy in August of that year.
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However, Ginsburg announced last week she is being treated for cancerous tumors on her liver.
Pancreatic cancer has several symptoms, including jaundice, stomach or back pain, weight loss and poor appetite, nausea, gallbladder or liver enlargement, blood clots and diabetes.
The pancreas is a 6-inch gland that lies between the stomach and the spine, according to the National Cancer Institute. It helps the body break down food and regulate blood sugar. About 95% of pancreatic cancers begin in exocrine cells, which produce the digestive “juices.”
Pancreatic cancers that begin in endocrine cells, which make hormones including insulin, are far less common but also less aggressive.