A Glimmer Of Hope For Alex Trebek?

“Pancreatic cancer may no longer be a death sentence,” says Mayo Clinic. Fans are hoping Alex Trebek may benefit from a medical breakthrough. Screen Shot, CBS News

Medical advances may help Trebek and others with pancreatic cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

| Alex Trebek shared a health update after wrapping the current season of “Jeopardy!”

By Sophie Lews, Apr 18, 2019

| CBS News – Season 35 of “Jeopardy!” has finished filming, and host Alex Trebek assured viewers he isn’t going anywhere.

In a video released on Twitter, the beloved host said he is healthy enough to continue hosting the popular game show next season.

Trebek revealed last month that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“Despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing with my therapy and we, by we, the staff, are already working on our next season, the 36th year of ‘Jeopardy!'” he said in the video …

Trebek, 78, revealed his diagnosis last month. “Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” he said at the time. Read more. 

Mayo Clinic Minute: Advances in pancreatic cancer treatment extending lives

“Pancreatic cancer may no longer be a death sentence.”

By Ian Roth, April 29, 2019

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and such a diagnosis has long been considered a death sentence.

But a study published by Dr. Mark Truty, a Mayo Clinic cancer surgeon, and his team of surgeons and oncologists, have found that with the right combination of treatments, they can add years to the lives of pancreatic cancer patients.

Pancreatic cancer has long been one of the scariest diagnoses a doctor can make.

“Pancreas cancer is among the most deadly of cancers,” Dr. Truty says. “It’s the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States.”

Dr. Truty specializes in operating on pancreatic cancer tumors. He and his team showed in their study that pancreatic cancer may no longer be a death sentence.

“Everyone in this study got treated the same way,” he says. “They all got chemotherapy up front, followed by radiation therapy and then followed by an operation.”

Dr. Truty says the more chemotherapy patients got before surgery, the better their outlook for recovery. And the prognosis is even better if they can kill most or all of the cancer before removing the tumor.

He says more effective types of chemotherapy, and the ability and willingness to consider more difficult operations, have helped patients in the study live up to five years longer — and still counting — than patients in the past.

He calls the treatment regimen a game changer that should give pancreatic cancer patients hope for a much longer life.

“I think it’s huge,” he says. “I mean, in our clinic we see a lot of patients who have been told their tumor is inoperable by standard criteria. But those criteria were all based on, you know, the previous technologies and techniques we’ve had. We’ve advanced. So now we can offer things to patients they never thought was possible.”

Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network.” 

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