“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s undergoing chemotherapy again after a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer.
During an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday, Trebek said that after a short period of optimism when he stopped chemotherapy, his numbers shot up and doctors ordered him back on the treatment.
"I was doing so well, and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who doesn't have pancreatic cancer, so we were all very optimistic," he explained. "And they said, good, we're going to stop chemo, we'll start you on immunotherapy. I lost about 12 pounds in a week, and my numbers went sky high. Much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed."
The 79-year-old game show host announced in March that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. But he hasn’t missed a day on the show, which tapes its episodes in advance.
Alex Trebek reveals to @tjholmes he will need to undergo another round of chemotherapy as he begins the new season of @Jeopardy. “Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one.” https://t.co/7UgSClQdI5 pic.twitter.com/B0kxEM0Eg2— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 17, 2019
Trebek said his goals for the summer were to get his strength and hair back, and his progress on both fronts was “dismal.”
"My hair started to grow back, but now I have undergo chemo again, so what little hair I have grown is going to disappear again," he added.
He added that chemo has "different effects" on him.
"Occasionally it will cause excruciating pain in my lower back, other times it's fatigue, other times it's nausea," he said. "Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Despite the effects the treatment has on him, he says he finds optimism in the fact that he's "still here."
"I don't feel terrible," he said, but admits he's "still a bit of a wuss" at times.
"There are moments that for no reason at all I feel this surge of sadness, depression," he explained. "It doesn't last very long, but it just takes over my whole being for a short period of time. And I understand it more now, so I can deal with it a lot better than I did before."
Contributing: The Associated Press
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