Alex Trebek Says He Is Undergoing Chemotherapy Again
Just a week after Alex Trebek returned to “Jeopardy!,” the host recently revealed that he’s undergoing another round of chemotherapy to treat his pancreatic cancer.
In an interview published Tuesday, Trebek, 79, updated fans and shared that doctors think more chemotherapy is warranted after his “numbers went sky high” and he lost 12 pounds in just a week.
“I was doing so well,” the beloved host told ABC News. “My numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer. So we were all very optimistic. And they said, ‘Good, we’re gonna stop chemo, we’ll start you on immunotherapy.”
He went on to say,
“So, the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that’s what I’m doing.”
While speaking with the hosts of GMA, Trebek also revealed how cancer has taken a toll on his body, saying sometimes it’s “excruciating pain” and other times “fatigue.” He also explained how he’s dealing with depression.
“When it happened early on I was down on myself,” he told “GMA.” “I didn’t realize how fallible each of us is in his or her own way … I talk to the audience sometimes and I get teary eyed for no reason. I don’t even bother to explain it anymore, I just experience it. I know it’s a part of who I am and I just keep going.”
When asked if he started to think differently about life, the “Jeopardy!” host said the thought of passing actually doesn’t frighten him.
“I realize that there is an end in sight for me, just as there is for everyone else. One line that I have used with our staff in recent weeks and months is that when I do pass on, one thing they will not say at my funeral is, ‘Oh, he was taken from us too soon.'” Trebek said. “Hey guys. I’m 79-years-old. I’ve had one hell of a good life. And I’ve enjoyed it … the thought of passing on doesn’t frighten me, it doesn’t. Other things do, the affect it will have on my loved ones … it makes me sad. But the thought of myself moving on, hey folks, it comes with the territory.”
Since he revelaled his diagnosis back in March, Trebek has received an outpouring of support from many around the globe. He told “GMA” about how he’s been given prayer shawls, scapulars and even holy water from places of worship around the world. He said he keeps these materials backstage on display.
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