After sharing his cancer battle and that he was “on the mend” after finishing chemotherapy, Alex Trebek is facing a setback with his cancer treatment.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Alex sat down to share the news about his health update following his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“My hair started to grow back but now I have to undergo chemo again. So, what little hair I have grown is going to disappear again,” he shared with T.J. Holmes. “In terms of getting my strength back that hasn’t happened unfortunately. I was doing so well and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer, so we were all very optimistic.” he added.
“They stopped chemo. I lost about 12 pounds in a week and my numbers went sky high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed. So the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that’s what I’m doing.”
Last month the 79-year-old had gone back to work and revealed good news to fans. “I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is now over,” the Jeopardy host told fans in a video released on Thursday (August 29). “I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now.”
The cancer has taken a toll on Alex’s body and mind as he’s been dealing with side effects from the chemo and the cancer itself.
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“Occasionally, it will cause excruciating pain in my lower back. Other times, it’s fatigue. Other times, it’s nausea. It varies. Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one,” he revealed. “There are moments when, for no reason at all, I feel this surge of sadness, depression. It doesn’t last very long, but it just takes over my whole being for a short period of time. I understand it more now so I can deal with it a lot better than I did before.”
“I didn’t realize how fallible each of us is in his or her own way. I just experience it, I know it’s part of who I am and I’m going to just keep going.”
And Alex has kept his keen sense of humor that we’ve all come to love. Even joking about what’s NOT going to be said at his funeral, when the time comes.
“I realize there is an end in sight for me just as there is for everyone else,” he said. “When I do pass on, one thing they will not say at my funeral is, ‘Oh, he was taken from us too soon.’ Hey guys I’m seventy nine 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 effect it will have on my loved ones, yes, that bothers me, it makes me sad. But the thought of myself moving on, hey folks, it comes with the territory.”
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And Alex has no plans of leaving his day job as host of Jeopardy!
“As long as I can walk out and greet the audience and the contestants and run the game,” he said, “I’m happy.”