BOSTON — "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek shocked fans Wednesday when he announced he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Despite the grim diagnosis, the 78-year-old is keeping a positive attitude, telling fans he plans to fight it.
The disease has low survival rates, with statistics from The American Cancer Society showing the five-year survival rate for stage 4 of the disease at 3 percent. The relative survival rate compares people with the same stage of the disease to the general population. People with Trebek's cancer are about 3 percent as likely to live for at least five years after being diagnosed as people without the disease.
Dr. Brian Wolpin, the director of the Hale Family Pancreatic Research Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who specializes in gastrointestinal cancers, joined Boston 25 News to talk about the disease.
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