In what Alex Trebek calls “kind of mind-boggling,” the Jeopardy! host says he’s in “near remission” three months after he announced his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

The cancer, still, has a 9 percent survival rate, but Trebek told PEOPLE for the magazine’s new cover story, “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory…some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.”

Trebek, 78, says he still has several more rounds of chemotherapy, but he remains in good spirits.

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Meanwhile, the longtime game show host hasn’t taken a day off from Jeopardy! yet. He continues hosting Jeopardy! as record-breaking all-star James Holtzhauer crossed the $2 million mark. Given his new status, his return to host the next season

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