Jeopardy host Alex Trebek is undergoing chemotherapy again after his health took a steep decline. As RadarOnline.com has learned, the TV veteran’s test results came back worse than even following his first round of treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“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,'" Trebek, 79, told Good Morning America.
As Radar readers know, the star announced this August that his tumors had shrunk 50 percent, giving him hope.
He added that then, seemingly out of nowhere, his health took a fall.
“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 said.
Radar readers know Trebek has remained extremely positive throughout his cancer battle, and has even refused to stop working. In March, when he revealed the news of his condition, he assured fans that he would never stop fighting.
In an interview after his first round of chemotherapy, Trebek sadly admitted that cancer had taken a toll on his mental health, as it was often hard to deal with the “excruciating pain,” and constant “fatigue.” He said the symptoms had caused him to experience “depression” and extreme “sadness.”
“When it happened early on I was down on myself,” he told GMA. “I didn’t realize how fallible each of us is in his or her own way … I talk to the audience sometimes and I get teary eyed for no reason. I don’t even bother to explain it anymore, I just experience it. I know it's a part of who I am and I just keep going.”
As he continues to fight for his life, Trebek — who shares two children with longtime wife Jean Currivan Trebek — says the though of dying does not frighten him, for he’s had a wonderful life and has no plans of slowing down.
“I realize that there is an end in sight for me, just as there is for everyone else. 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.’” he said. “Hey guys. I’m 79-years-old. I’ve had one hell of a good life. And I’ve enjoyed it … the thought of passing on doesn't frighten me, it doesn't. Other things do, the affect it will have on my loved ones ... it makes me sad. But the thought of myself moving on, hey folks, it comes with the territory.”
“As long as I can walk out and greet the audience and the contestants and run the game I'm happy,” Trebek added.