Some sad news for fans of Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek. NBC News reported that the 79-year-old host recently revealed he is back in chemotherapy, fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, again. Sadly, his numbers hit the roof a little after his first-round of treatment.
During an interview that aired recently on Good Morning America, Trebek stated that he was doing well, and that his numbers decreased down to the same as an individual who does not have the cancer, so everyone was optimistic. As such, doctors stopped the chemo he was doing, and he began immunotherapy.
Sadly, he lost about 12 pounds within a week and his numbers jumped to even higher than when he was first diagnosed. Therefore, the doctors made a choice to start him on chemo again.
Trebek first announced his pancreatic cancer in March of this year, via a YouTube video, some months later this past August, he announced he was done with chemo and was taping Season 36 of Jeopardy; it’s first episode aired this past September 9.
Trebek relayed on Good Morning America that the chemo has taken a real toll on him, causing “excruciating” pain within his lower back, and leaves him nauseous and tired. He sometimes he feels a “surge” of depression and sadness; however, thankfully it doesn’t last too long.
Clearly, Trebek has a very positive attitude, despite this setback. He’s trying to enjoy the moment, and has advised staff to not say he’s been taken “too soon” during his funeral. Firstly, the thought of passing on doesn’t scare him; however, the affect it could have on his loved ones does upset him. At age 79, he believes he’s lived one incredible life, one that he’s enjoyed.
Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy for close to 20 years now since 1984, and plans to stay with the show for as long as he can.