Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by FS7 » Thu May 30, 2019 9:00 am

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On a related topic, does anyone else believe that Holzhauer’s run is a gift for Alex? He is obviously enjoying the run though I think he enjoyed Jennings’ run more.
Really? I get the sense that he can't wait for it to be over.
I get this too. I think Ken was (is) much more amiable, while James seems to be a bit less charismatic. That could just be me, though.

For what it's worth I do think the comment about turning being a Jeopardy contestant into a palatable career didn't sit well with Alex. Not really sure why.

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by floridagator » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:03 pm

Here is a new article published on Wednesday

https://www.survivornet.com/articles/ho ... ts-cancer/

When does Jeopardy usually start taping again for the fall?
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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by MarkBarrett » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:17 pm

floridagator wrote:
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Here is a new article published on Wednesday

https://www.survivornet.com/articles/ho ... ts-cancer/

When does Jeopardy usually start taping again for the fall?
July. And it has already happened as S36 with Alex is already weeks into taping. That picture of the birthday cake in the article you linked was from the first week of taping.

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by MollyQMurphy » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:31 pm

So. I am a season 36 contestant. I'd like to offer a few general observations.

Alex seems to be holding up pretty well. He is still doing Q&A in taping breaks, resting backstage between shows, keeping up with the pace of the game despite the jumping around. He's lost a bit of weight, he's a bit pale, and his voice is a little less strong (except when he cuts off a wrong answer...lol).

I look at the warmth and the joy he had with both the teen and teachers tournaments from earlier this year, (in reruns now) and compared to that, he's quite muted. Perhaps he's conserving energy, because they're still shooting 5 a day, and it moves fast. Perhaps we're boring the heck out of him compared to the kids and how much he loves the teachers. But in comparison, he seems a bit distant and perfunctory. I found that quite understandable, but wanted to give an honest evaluation if I was going to post this at all.

The people (crew and showrunners) around him, behind his back, are saying wonderful things about how much they love him and how brave and remarkable he is in continuing. To his face, they all appear to make an effort to continue business as usual. I don't think he's allowing them to coddle him over it.

So, if you're one of those worrying about him, I think your prayers and positive thoughts are working. Keep it up, please.
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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by opusthepenguin » Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:48 pm

Thanks, Molly. Really appreciate the update. And retro good luck in your game(s).

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by sarisson » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:31 am

In for a second lap

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by MattKnowles » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:53 am

It’s been announced that Alex is back in chemo

https://youtu.be/cJd8p_1BYMg
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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by econgator » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:01 pm

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It’s been announced that Alex is back in chemo

https://youtu.be/cJd8p_1BYMg
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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by Woof » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:06 pm

Absolutely terrible news. Cancer does indeed suck.

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by hbomb1947 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:40 pm

I was gutted to hear the news this morning.
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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by harrumph » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:48 pm

I am now five weeks into taking chemo infusions for pancreatic cancer, and I can offer this perspective:

Alex Trebek is a remarkable incredible trooper for being able to continue to host Jeopardy to the high standard that he sets.  Chemo really does take it out of you.  I am on a two week cycle for it; the first week I call the "on" week where you take in the chemical cocktail, and the second week I call the "off" week where you recover your strength. For my treatment I take in part of the chemo on that first Monday, and go home with a pump that continues to infuse me until Wednesday (before chemo you have an operation that puts a port into your chest to facilitate the infusions).  On Thursday a Neulasta patch kicks in with a formula that is designed to promote white blood cell count.   All of these infusions make you tired and listless.  During the on week all you can do is lie around.  It's not painful but it renders you incapable of doing anything constructive. You have to monitor yourself; you don't want to get dehydrated, and you want to watch for side effects that kick in as your treatment progresses.  During the off week you gradually recover your strength and by the final day before the next infusion you're a lot more steady handed and sure of yourself.  But chemo is also cumulative and the deeper into it you go the more you feel the effects.

There's a blood test for pancreatic cancer called the CA 19 9.  The test measures the antigens in your blood that your tumor releases. The tests gives you a cancer number; a cancer free person has a number between 0 and 35.  My cancer number before chemo was above 400.  After two cycles of infusions my number was down to 136; my oncologist termed this very unusual and I'm happy to report that I'm in a very high percentile for responding to chemo.  With all of this you have to play it by ear.  Cancer is a complicated grabbag and complications can come from out of the blue at you.

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by TenPoundHammer » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:04 pm

Trebek is exactly the kind of person I would expect to come out on top after this diagnosis. With his professionalism, intelligence, and positivity, I'm sure that the outcome will be a favorable one.
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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by Woof » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:29 pm

harrumph wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:48 pm
I am now five weeks into taking chemo infusions for pancreatic cancer, and I can offer this perspective:

Alex Trebek is a remarkable incredible trooper for being able to continue to host Jeopardy to the high standard that he sets.  Chemo really does take it out of you.  I am on a two week cycle for it; the first week I call the "on" week where you take in the chemical cocktail, and the second week I call the "off" week where you recover your strength. For my treatment I take in part of the chemo on that first Monday, and go home with a pump that continues to infuse me until Wednesday (before chemo you have an operation that puts a port into your chest to facilitate the infusions).  On Thursday a Neulasta patch kicks in with a formula that is designed to promote white blood cell count.   All of these infusions make you tired and listless.  During the on week all you can do is lie around.  It's not painful but it renders you incapable of doing anything constructive. You have to monitor yourself; you don't want to get dehydrated, and you want to watch for side effects that kick in as your treatment progresses.  During the off week you gradually recover your strength and by the final day before the next infusion you're a lot more steady handed and sure of yourself.  But chemo is also cumulative and the deeper into it you go the more you feel the effects.

There's a blood test for pancreatic cancer called the CA 19 9.  The test measures the antigens in your blood that your tumor releases. The tests gives you a cancer number; a cancer free person has a number between 0 and 35.  My cancer number before chemo was above 400.  After two cycles of infusions my number was down to 136; my oncologist termed this very unusual and I'm happy to report that I'm in a very high percentile for responding to chemo.  With all of this you have to play it by ear.  Cancer is a complicated grabbag and complications can come from out of the blue at you.
Best of luck to you in your struggle against this terrible disease. I'm glad to hear that you're responding to chemo as well as you are, though as you say it does take a physical toll on you.

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by squarekara » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:24 pm

harrumph wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:48 pm
 My cancer number before chemo was above 400.  After two cycles of infusions my number was down to 136; my oncologist termed this very unusual and I'm happy to report that I'm in a very high percentile for responding to chemo.
This is great news! Keep up the good work!

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by John Boy » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:59 pm

harrumph wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:48 pm
I am now five weeks into taking chemo infusions for pancreatic cancer, and I can offer this perspective:

Alex Trebek is a remarkable incredible trooper for being able to continue to host Jeopardy to the high standard that he sets.  Chemo really does take it out of you.  I am on a two week cycle for it; the first week I call the "on" week where you take in the chemical cocktail, and the second week I call the "off" week where you recover your strength. For my treatment I take in part of the chemo on that first Monday, and go home with a pump that continues to infuse me until Wednesday (before chemo you have an operation that puts a port into your chest to facilitate the infusions).  On Thursday a Neulasta patch kicks in with a formula that is designed to promote white blood cell count.   All of these infusions make you tired and listless.  During the on week all you can do is lie around.  It's not painful but it renders you incapable of doing anything constructive. You have to monitor yourself; you don't want to get dehydrated, and you want to watch for side effects that kick in as your treatment progresses.  During the off week you gradually recover your strength and by the final day before the next infusion you're a lot more steady handed and sure of yourself.  But chemo is also cumulative and the deeper into it you go the more you feel the effects.

There's a blood test for pancreatic cancer called the CA 19 9.  The test measures the antigens in your blood that your tumor releases. The tests gives you a cancer number; a cancer free person has a number between 0 and 35.  My cancer number before chemo was above 400.  After two cycles of infusions my number was down to 136; my oncologist termed this very unusual and I'm happy to report that I'm in a very high percentile for responding to chemo.  With all of this you have to play it by ear.  Cancer is a complicated grabbag and complications can come from out of the blue at you.
Thanks for your perspective and all the best in your personal battle. We all have someone or someones in our lives who have had similar battles, and most of us know someone who has succumbed. Any diagnosis or relapse or other bad news must be very difficult to deal with. And anyone who can spare a moment from his/her own treatment to share as you have is a real trooper. Let alone someone who can (as you said) not only endure treatment but continue to perform at a high level in a job most of us couldn't do on our best day and in the prime of life.

I'm always humbled to be in the presence of such people, even if (as in this case) only electronically. I sincerely pray for God's blessing's on you and Alex and all the others out there in such a fight.

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by morbeedo » Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:43 pm

Where can we send get well mail to Alex? Is it just c/o Jeopardy like Santa @ The North Pole?

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by doihavetoreally » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:02 pm

I have not posted in a while.

First I was gutted with Alex's news. Now this! I'm sorry to hear this..and wish you the best.
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I am now five weeks into taking chemo infusions for pancreatic cancer, and I can offer this perspective:
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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by harrumph » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:21 am

I really do appreciate all your kind thoughts.

Alex Trebek knows that this latest curveball is just part of the deal with this disease.  It's important to be relentlessly positive.  He's done well on chemo before and he'll do well again.

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by Bamaman » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:27 pm

While his health is everyone’s main concern, does anyone know if this will interrupt the taping schedule?

Sorry to hear the chemo has been rough, harrumph. Keep fighting.

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Re: Alex Trebek Announces Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

Post by teapot37 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:25 am

Bamaman wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:27 pm
While his health is everyone’s main concern, does anyone know if this will interrupt the taping schedule?

Sorry to hear the chemo has been rough, harrumph. Keep fighting.
According to a tweet by James Holzhauer, they taped the ToC this week. So, I guess not.
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