'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Undergoing Chemo Again After Cancer Setback
By Peyton Blakemore
September 17, 2019
Alex Trebek's fight with cancer continues.
"My hair started to grow back, but now I have to undergo chemo again, so what little hair I have grown [this summer] is going to disappear again," he said on Good Morning America. "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. And they said, 'Good, we're gonna stop chemo, we'll start you on immunotherapy,'" Alex continued. "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."
He went on to add that he's ready to fight for his life, but he's not afraid of death. "I enjoy what’s going on now. I realize that there is an end in sight for me, just as there is for everyone else," Alex admitted. "One line that I have used with our staff in recent weeks and months is that 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 79 years old. I’ve had one hell of a good life."
As fans know, the 79-year-old gameshow host announced that he was done with treatment in late August and went on to film Season 35 of Jeopardy! Alex first announced that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in March. "Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer," he said in a video posted to YouTube at the time. "Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m gonna fight this and I’m gonna keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease."
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