Alex Trebek Credits Good Thoughts, Positive Energy, Prayers for ‘Mind-Boggling’ Road to Recovery

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | June 4, 2019 | 10:06 AM EDT

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek (Screenshot)

In PEOPLE’s cover story, 78-year-old “Jeopardy"! host Alex Trebek credited good thoughts, positive energy and prayers for his “mind-boggling” road to recovery from stage four pancreatic cancer – a diagnosis he received some three months ago.

“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers,” said Alex Trebek as reported by “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”

Later, Trebek added, “I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayer, and I will never ever minimize the value of that.” reports, Trebek is now “in ‘near remission,’ according to doctors,” of a disease that has only “a 9 percent survival rate.”

Trebek first shared the news of his stage four pancreatic cancer diagnosis back in March.

The “Jeopardy!” host said in a YouTube video published on Wednesday, March 6th, “Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but 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.

“Truth told,” Trebek went on, “I have to because under the terms of my contract I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years. So, help me. Keep the faith, and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.”

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