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Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek expects to mark two-year cancer survival in 2021

Trebek, who turns 80 this week, revealed in an interview that he was "on the right track" in terms of the progress he's making battling pancreatic cancer.

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek expects to mark two-year cancer survival in 2021

This image released by Jeopardy! shows host Alex Trebek. (Photo: Jeopardy! via AP)

Alex Trebek says he's responding exceptionally well to treatment for pancreatic cancer and expects to mark his two-year survival next 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 that was conducted last week at his home and aired Monday (Jul 20). Trebek turns 80 on Wednesday.

After interviewer TJ 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 Senator 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's had difficult days, calling his wife, Jean, a "saint" for her unwavering support as he's faced 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.

He has been host of Jeopardy! since 1984. The quiz show, which went into reruns early because of the coronavirus, plans to resume taping for its September return in a few weeks if state and local government restrictions aimed at controlling the virus' spread allow.

(Source: CNA/AP)

Source: CNA/ap