UPDATE: After Cancer Battle, Alex Trebek Is Back To Celebrate 35 Years On 'Jeopardy!'

By | May 30, 2019

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Alex Trebek on Jeopardy! on September 9, 2019. Source: jeopardy.com

UPDATE: On Monday, September 9, 2019, Alex Trebek returned from his battle with pancreatic cancer to host Jeopardy!'s season premiere. The 2019-20 season is the 36th with Trebek at the podium; his first episode aired on September 10, 1984. 

Trebek has been all-business in the lead-up to this season. In a short video posted online on August 29, he said simply, "I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy, and thankfully that is now over. I’m on the mend, and that’s all I can hope for right now."

Greeting the crowd on the season premiere, his gave only the slightest nod to his medical ordeal, saying:

Today, Jeopardy! begins its 36th season on the air and I’m happy to report, I’m still here.

It's good news for Jeopardy! fans and another hopeful chapter in the story of Trebek's remarkable recovery, which is detailed in our original post. The text follows:

Beat It, Trebek!

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Television personality Alex Trebek attends a ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on March 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

It's a true daily double: Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has announced that his cancer tumors are shrinking dramatically and that he is "near remission."

In March, Trebek announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Since then he’s done his best to keep the public up to date with his diagnosis, but nobody was prepared for this week's bombshell revelation that he's making a miraculous comeback. He told People magazine:

It’s kind of mind-boggling. The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory… some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.

He’s admitted that he’s not out of the woods yet, but he remains optimistic.

Aside from letting the public into his battle with pancreatic cancer, Trebek has been able to put a face on this frightening illness -- statistically, pancreatic cancer is among the most deadly cancers. Rather than hole up in his home he’s appeared on television as much as possible to let people know that there’s life after cancer. He appeaars to be making good on the vow he made when he announced his condition:

I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.