On Wednesday, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek revealed that he’s been recognized with Stage 4 pancreatic most cancers.
In the video message saying his evaluation, 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 — nonetheless sadly, the chances 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 surgical oncology division, tells The Post. “In general, five-year survival rates are between 5 and 10 percent.”
The median pancreatic most cancers survival value for stage-4 victims like Trebek is just a few 12 months, he says. Exactly how prolonged is decided by how they react to chemotherapy treatment, which targets cancerous cells throughout the physique to “shrink the disease and keep it from spreading” extra.
Even for individuals who reply properly to chemo, stage 4 cancers aren’t technically “curable” — merely treatable, Labow says. The ranges of most cancers differ from 0 (no most cancers, solely irregular cells) to 4, with 4 being primarily probably the most essential: It signifies that the sickness has superior to totally different parts of the physique. With earlier ranges, victims is likely to be cured and tend to dwell longer.
That doesn’t suggest stage 4 pancreatic most cancers can’t be medically managed, and that people can’t dwell with the sickness, Labow says. For lucky victims, “there can be long-term survival.” But sadly, most victims with a most cancers this superior “succumb to the disease.”