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LOS ANGELES — Alex Trebek says he’s responding exceptionally well to treatment for pancreatic cancer and expects to mark his two-year survival in February.
His doctor has said he’s counting on that milestone, the “Jeopardy!” host said, “so I expect to be around ’cause he said I will be around. And I expect to be hosting the show if I am around.”
Tests evaluating his progress show “I’m on the right track,” Trebek told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” in an interview conducted last week at his home and aired Monday. Trebek turns 80 on Wednesday.
After interviewer T.J. Holmes told Trebek he looked and sounded great, the TV host drolly replied: “Here I am, folks. Eat me up.”
The experimental immunotherapy treatment Trebek is receiving is the same used by former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada in his fight against pancreatic cancer, “Good Morning America” said. In June, the 80-year-old Reid said his disease is in remission.
On Friday, congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis lost his six-month battle with the disease at age 80.
Trebek said he has had difficult days, calling his wife, Jean, a “saint” for her unwavering support in moments of sadness and depression.
His memoir, “The Answer Is . . . Reflections on My Life,” will be published Tuesday. Its proceeds will go to charity, Trebek said.
Chicago police approach a group of protesters surrounding the Christopher Columbus statue Friday in Grant Park.