In a video message from Wednesday, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek revealed to fans that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
"Just like 50,000 people in the US every year, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer," Trebek said in the video. "Normally the prognosis is usually not very encouraging, but I will fight against it and I will continue to work and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers I plan to surpass the statistics of low survival rates for this disease." 1
Pancreatic cancer is the tenth leading place for new cancer cases or the place where cancer first begins to grow, with 29,940 cases expected annually for men, compared with 174,650 estimated new cases of prostate cancer (other famous men) pancreatic carcinomas were diagnosed including actor Patrick Swayze, who died in 2009, and Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011.) So it's still quite rare, though its prevalence rate increases by about 1 percent a year between 2006 and 2015.
At the diagnosis of Trebek Cancer may be wondering: what is cancer at stage 4 and is it curable?
What is cancer in stage 4?
Cancer stages describe the amount of cancer in the body so you know what treatment options you have and how severe Their disease is.
In pancreatic cancer, the stages range from 0 (least severe nd) to 4 (most). Tumor staging is based on tumor tissue three key factors, including the size of the tumor a and how far it has invaded the organ or body, whether it spreads to the lymph nodes and whether it has metastasized into other organs or into the bones. Stage 4 of pancreatic cancer means the cancer has spread to other sites – it may or may not be in nearby lymph nodes.
Cancer staging is complex: it is an important way to define what is going on, but how the tumor behaves and how it is treated depends on many complex factors. Some tumors can be surgically removed, others can not without major side effects
Is Stage 4 always terminal?
For all cancer stages together, the relative survival rate after 5 years is 9 percent. But every case and every person is different, so there's no direct way to know right away whether a stage 4 cancer is terminal or incurable, or how its lifespan will be.