“With the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” he said in that initial announcement.
Trebek released a video later that month thanking all the fans who had shared their support.
During an appearance on “Good Morning America” in early May, Trebek opened up about the challenges and pain he was experiencing amid the battle.
“My oncologist tells me I’m doing well, even though I don’t always feel it,” Trebek said on the ABC morning show. “I’ve had kidney stones, I’ve had ruptured discs, so I’m used to dealing with pain. But what I’m not used to dealing with is these surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness, and it brings tears to my eyes.”
He returned to work to tape episodes of “Jeopardy!” following his diagnosis, and the show is slated to return for its 36th season on Sept. 9.