'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek honors 'wonderful' wife amid cancer battle

Alex Trebek is making sure that his "wonderful" wife, Jean Currivan, is getting the credit she deserves for embracing difficult role of being a caretaker during his cancer battle.

The "Jeopardy!" host, 78, announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March, and he told People magazine this week that he's "near remission," with "some of the tumors [already having] shrunk by more than 50 percent."

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Trebek hasn't fought his cancer, alone, of course: His wife, Currivan, 54, who he's been married to for 29 years, has been right by his side as a loyal and supportive caretaker this this year.

"Jeannie is wonderful," he told People. "She cried of course this morning when she got the [good] news [about my tumors shrinking]. But it's been a lot. It's a lot of pressure."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala honoring Steve Martin at Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for NATAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: TV host Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend the celebratory dinner after the special tribute to Sophia Loren during the AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at Dolby Theatre on November 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. on November 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Jean Trebek (L) and TV personality Alex Trebek attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Trebek attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: TV personality Alex Trebek (R) and Jean Trebek arrive at the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's 19th Annual 'Taste For A Cure' at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 19: Alex Trebek (R) and Jean Currivan Trebek arrive at the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Alex Trebek and wife Jean Currivan attend Hollywood Stars Night Thoroughbred Horse Race on June 22, 1990 at Hollywood Park in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alex Trebek and wife Jean Currivan attend the opening of 'Jackie Mason - Brand New' on May 30, 1990 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alex Trebek and Jean Currivan during The 49th Annual Thalians Ball at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Heller/WireImage)
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"My heart goes out to caregivers," Trebek went on. "Because they have to deal with their loved ones suffering and they also don't always know how to help because there's not much they can do, except try to make you feel more comfortable, at ease and not worry about ordinary stuff."

"They've also got to be strong and not allow their mate not to feel like they're downhearted, too," he added.

Trebek and Currivan share two children together -- son, Matthew, 28, and daughter, Emily, 25 -- who the game show host said look at him "as Mr. Strong."

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"They think, if anybody's going to beat this, dad will," he explained of his kids. "They've very positive, and until I demonstrate otherwise, they're going to continue in that vein."

And Trebek has no reason not to remain positive, despite his cancer's usual 9 percent survival rate. Though he's expected to have to go through more rounds of chemotherapy, he's responded well to the treatment well so far.

"It's kind of mind-boggling," he said this week. "The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory." 

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