Just last month, Alex Trebek announced that he’d completed his chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. After five months of treatment, he was already back at work on the set of Jeopardy.
“Let me tell you, it’s going to be a good year,” the popular quiz show host said in a promotional clip. Though the odds weren’t in his favor, he showed his incredible determination to get through it.
Unfortunately, he’s now undergoing chemotherapy once again, which has many fans worried.
Initially, Trebek’s response to chemotherapy had been phenomenal.
“I was doing so well. And my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer,” he told Good Morning America’s T.J. Holmes.
He explained how his doctors had decided he could stop chemo and begin immunotherapy. Everyone, Trebek said, was “very optimistic.”
Suddenly, however, his numbers spiked.
In an update video posted on September 17, he went on to describe the positive response as being “a bit premature, and certainly over-optimistic.”
After beginning immunotherapy, he said his “numbers went south, dramatically and quickly.”
With that, he said, the doctors decided he’d need to again undergo chemotherapy.
Always upbeat and optimistic, the Jeopardy! host said of chemo treatments, “hey, they worked very well the first time!” So, he and his doctors expect that they will again have a positive effect.
Trebek explained in his GMA interview that not only did his numbers look worse than they had upon the first diagnosis, he’d also “lost about 12 pounds in a week.”
He spoke of the toll cancer has taken on him, from the “fatigue,” to the “excruciating pain.”
He added, “cancer is mysterious in more ways than one.”
The disease has also caused Trebek to struggle with depression, occasionally causing a “surge of sadness.”
It’s unclear if he’s sought any sort of depression treatment, however, he has received much support from his fans. People have sent all sorts of charms, relics, and religious materials from all around the world – including scapulars, prayer shawls, and even holy water. Thankful for the support, Trebek keeps these things on display backstage at the studio.
With an outpouring of thoughts and prayers, everyone hopes he’ll continue to keep up a good outlook on the future so he can make it through the chemotherapy once again.
Though he says he’s not afraid of passing and realizes “there is an end in sight,” Trebek has no plans to leave Jeopardy!
Despite everything he has been going through, he’s still determined to continue doing what he’s contracted to do.
Trebek explained: “As long as I can walk out and greet the audience and the contestants and run the game I’m happy.”