(KPIX 5) — On Wednesday, “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek announced to fans and the public how he is battling late stage pancreatic cancer.

KPIX 5 spoke to one of the nation’s leading pancreatic cancer specialists. Dr. Andrew Ko from University of California, San Francisco is a specialist in colorectal and gastrointestinal cancer with a particular focus on pancreatic cancer.  Listen to him discuss why it can be so deadly, treatment and new tools on the horizon, why he is optimistic, and a recommendation that we can all take to heart.

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