Alex Trebek Gives Another Sad Update About His Cancer Fight

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  • Published on:  Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Alex Trebek is sharing a major health -- and possible career -- update with fans amid his ongoing battle against pancreatic cancer.

    During an interview with news anchor Lisa Laflamme on CTV's W5 on Friday, October 4, 2019, the beloved game show host revealed that the physical side effects stemming from his chemotherapy treatments may eventually affect his longtime hosting gig on Jeopardy!

    "I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish."

    During the interview, the 79-year-old Trebek noted that sores in his mouth, caused by his latest round of chemo, sometimes make it difficult for him to enunciate while speaking. He's beginning to wonder how much longer he can go on in his role as a game show host.

    In the past, Trebek says he's managed to work through physical pain and discomfort, and that he'll continue to do so in the near-future.

    "There are weaknesses that I feel in my body but I can always suck it up when it comes time to tape the show."

    But Trebek, who is technically still under contract to host Jeopardy! for another three years, is hyper-conscious of the feeling that the cancer, and the cancer treatments, are beginning to affect his performance โ€” even as he's assured by producers and fans that no one notices.

    "I talk to the producers about this all the time now. I say 'I'm slurring my words, my tongue doesn't work as much, as well, as it used to.'"

    Fans of Trebek may recall that the Jeopardy! host first announced that he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in March 2019 in a YouTube video titled, "A Message From Alex Trebek."

    "Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this and I'm going to keep working."

    Trebek also added that he planned to beat the low survival rate statistics for the disease, enlisting the love and support of his family, as well as the prayers and well-wishes from the audience, to get the job done. According to the American Cancer Society, the type of cancer Trebek has been diagnosed with has a 9 percent survival rate.

    Over the months that followed, Trebek kept viewers updated on his battle with the disease. By May, he announced to People that some of his tumors had remarkably shrunk down by more than 50 percent following his first round of chemo. At the time, he stated that he was believed to be near remission, and that his doctors were optimistic.

    Despite the positive outlook, however, Trebek admitted to Good Morning America in September 2019 that his chemotherapy treatments had taken a toll on both his physical and mental health.

    "Occasionally, it will cause excruciating pain in my lower back. Other times, it's fatigue. Other times, it's nausea. It varies."

    Speaking candidly, Trebek related that the physical strain of treating the disease has sometimes led to bouts of depression.

    "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."

    Ever since announcing his diagnosis with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Alex Trebek has remained positive throughout his subsequent treatments.

    "The thing I suppose that gives me the most optimism is that, hey, I'm still here. And I don't feel terrible."

    The game show host echoed this sentiment during his recent interview with CTV's W5, during which he candidly opened up about why he's, quote, "not afraid of dying" as he continues to battle cancer.

    "I've lived a good life, a full life, and I'm nearing the end of that life, I know that."

    Trebek shares two children with Jean Currivan, his wife of 29 years. He went on to quip,

    "One thing they're not going to say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, is, 'He was taken from us too soon.'"

    Clearly in high spirits and noting that he's still hanging in there, Trebek revealed what's next in his cancer treatments.

    "We're back on the chemo and we'll see if the numbers go down. We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."

    Watch the video to see Alex Trebek Gives Another Sad Update About His Cancer Fight.

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  • Nicki Swift
    Nicki Swift  7 days ago +485

    We'd like to wish Alex Trebek our best. He's a beloved cornerstone of nighttime television, and we hope he wins his fight against cancer.

  • Lupita Martin
    Lupita Martin  2 hours ago

    I hope he survives. It is one of the worst type of cancers. Heโ€™s a very strong man. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • Linda Crowe
    Linda Crowe  6 hours ago

    Bless your heart

  • Lisa Anescavage
    Lisa Anescavage  6 hours ago +1

    I will keep alex trebek in my prayers your are a wounderful person with a heart of gold get we soon

  • Fayray Rita
    Fayray Rita  6 hours ago

    God bless!! Trust n believe in the lord ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡โ›ชโ›ชโ›ช

  • Pink Cats
    Pink Cats  8 hours ago

    we love watching you for all these years we pray you will get feeling better again โค

  • liz sipp
    liz sipp  10 hours ago

    Always loved him
    Iโ€™m sorry for this struggle

  • Common Sense, Politics!

    Alex Trebek is not only a trooper, but an Angel on this Earth. He has brought America together like no one else ever has. We all love this men, and all of America wishes Alex well. GOD BLESS this man. He is an angel in disguise!

  • Connie Barone
    Connie Barone  15 hours ago

    Italian grandma cooking show

  • miller forester
    miller forester  20 hours ago

    I watched the CTV interview.ย  I've been watching "Jeopardy" since Art Fleming, and that's a long time.ย  The brilliance of some of the contestants is literally inspiring, as is Alex's performance.ย ย I have had greater family experience with pancreatic cancer, so I know what Alex is going through.ย  CTV, along with other networks, have used this sad news as yet another opportunity to schmaltz itย up with melodrama, sad feel-good music, whooshing graphics, etc.ย  Can we please just have the news?

  • mark99k
    mark99k  yesterday

    Reactions usually vary when a celebrity dies, but in Alex's case I think it'll just be a universal and overpowering sadness. He means so much to so many people, especially those who value intellect, humor, and optimism. Here's hoping his final rest is a long way off and that he's always aware of the love we all send him.

  • stflaw
    stflaw  yesterday

    I was so happy for Trebek and his family when he announced his cancer was in remission. Now, the fight resumes. I wish him nothing but good luck. Of course, I have a selfish motive, as well: I am a huge fan of the show, but I'm not sure I will be able to continue watching when once he's handed over the reigns. It just won't be the same without him.

  • Darlene Parker
    Darlene Parker  yesterday

    Alex Trebek, your like family to me. I've watched you for years., and you helped me to take my mind off of my own cancer(breast) and I like to thank you for that. Your not gone, your still here. God Bless you and your๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  • Melissa Hannah
    Melissa Hannah  2 days ago

    The church in Dalton Ga.

  • Melissa Hannah
    Melissa Hannah  2 days ago

    Pure DHA each day . Read about olive leaf .

  • LifeisA Dream
    LifeisA Dream  2 days ago

    The poison chemo aint working Alex! Try Rick Simpson Oil!

  • laurie chmielecki

    Youโ€™re a wonderful and brave man !

  • Carlotta Wright
    Carlotta Wright  2 days ago

    My deepest prayers ๐Ÿ™ are with you Mr. Alex Tribek. "With God All Thing's Are possible". Remain ๐Ÿ’ช strong. And God bless ๐Ÿ’ž

  • JACLYN TM
    JACLYN TM  3 days ago +2

    This is SO SAD!!! My dad died from it! ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’” I hate YOU CANCER!

  • Patti O'con
    Patti O'con  3 days ago

    Awwwww..im so SORRY..ALEX UR A SOLDIER....DONT GIVE UP..GOD IS AWESOME๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™