Alex Trebek will undergo another round of chemo
He’s not out of the woods yet.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek revealed that he is undergoing a second round of chemotherapy in an interview with “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.
The game show icon told “GMA” that he “lost about 12 pounds in a week” and that his numbers “were much higher than they were” when he was first diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. As a result, the doctors told him that he had to undergo a second round of chemo.
This marks a disappointing setback for the game show icon, who made his triumphant return to Season 35 of “Jeopardy!” last Monday, a mere six months after his diagnosis. Trebek, 79, had called the recovery “mind-boggling” in an interview with People magazine, adding that “some of the tumors have shrunk more than 50 percent.”
Trebek was recovering so fast, in fact, that doctors were ready to stop chemo and start him on a less aggressive immunotherapy, per the “GMA” interview.
“I was doing so well,” Trebek told “GMA.” “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.”
Unfortunately, “miraculous recoveries” from pancreatic cancer are rare, with only 5 to 10 percent of patients making it five years past diagnosis of the disease, which kills 45,750 people every year.
Trebek described cancer as “mysterious in more ways than one,” saying that it caused him equal parts excruciating pain and fatigue. He also said the disease took a toll on his mental health since the diagnosis, as he sometimes felt a “surge of sadness” and depression.
The “Jeopardy!” Twitter account retweeted the interview earlier today, prompting an outpouring of support for Trebek.
“This was sad! I’ve seen my father do the same thing, work while taking chemo,” said one. “I pray that Alex Trebek enjoys his days.”
However, the game show legend says that one thing they won’t be saying about him is that “he was taken from us too soon,” adding that he’s had “one hell of a good life.”
Trebek also says he has no plans to stop hosting “Jeopardy!”
“As long as I can walk out and greet the audience and the contestants and run the game, I’m happy.”
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