Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has been the face of the series for many decades, but that reign was threatened after it was announced in March that Trebek was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. After his first round of chemotherapy, the host believed he was in the clear, but Trebek recently provided an update on his battle with cancer and he was, unfortunately, the bearer of bad news.
During an appearance on Good Morning America, Alex Trebek revealed that, despite recently announcing that he was done with chemotherapy, he’d be undergoing another round of treatment. Trebek said that his doctors saw his numbers shoot through the roof, getting much higher than before and they were understandably concerned for his well-being.
The Jeopardy! host has attempted to remain optimistic throughout his diagnosis and treatment. He’s continued with his hosting duties, but it hasn’t always been easy. Trebek calls cancer “mysterious in more ways than one” and that the disease has often caused him “excruciating pain."
Since his diagnosis, the game show host has also suffered with depression, explaining that he had felt down after he first found out about the cancer. Still, he says he isn’t afraid of dying and believes he’s lived a good life.
Cancer is the kind of disease that takes its toll on the diagnosed and their families. It’s hard no matter what and Alex Trebek has faced his diagnosis and treatment to the best of his ability. So long as Trebek can remain active and host Jeopardy!, he’ll be fine despite his failing health.
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