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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The host says he is going to continue to work while fighting the disease.

On Thursday, experts at the Medical College of Wisconsin say it will be a tough fight, but there is hope.

The 78-year-old made the announcement in a video message.

In part he said, “I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told I have to, because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years.”

Experts say pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread to other parts of the body and is inoperable, but it can be treated with chemotherapy.

Dr. Douglas Evans is the Department of Surgery chair at MCW and is one of the best pancreatic surgeons in the world. 

“Alex’s goal of being on Jeopardy! for another three years and fulfilling his contract is achievable,” Evans said. “It’s not easy, but it’s definitely achievable.”  

More information on pancreatic cancer can be found on the MCW website.

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