Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek gave fans an update on his cancer battle.
In an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, Trebek opened up about his cancer treatment and revealed how he’s been feeling since his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“My oncologist tells me I’m doing well, even though I don’t always feel it,” Trebek expressed.
“I’ve had kidney stones, I’ve had ruptured discs, so I’m used to dealing with pain. But what I”m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness, and it brings tears to my eyes,” he said.
“I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss. But I’m fighting through it. My platelets, my blood counts are steady, my weight is steady… the cancer indicators are coming down. So I’ve got another chemo next week and then we’ll do a review to find out where things stand.”
“Chemo affects people in different ways. People have to understand that,” Trebek said. “There’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘Hey I’m really depressed today and I have no idea why. Why am I crying today?'”
“I just take it as it comes. It’s no big deal. I go in and I sit down, I joke with the nurses and I’m there for an hour and a half while they inject all this stuff into me,” he said. “And then I go home and I have a good day and then the next day for no good reason that I can fathom, it turns south on me.”
“But that’s okay,” he continued. “You have to deal with it. What am I gonna do? It is something I am afflicted with. We are dealing with it chemically and spiritually, and those are positives. And hopefully everything is going to turn out well and I’ll be back on the air with original programming come this September.”
“I’ve had so many contacts from people who have survived cancer. I am now a 30-day survivor,” he said. “I’m going to catch up to those other people.”
“People all over America have been sharing their good thoughts, their advice, their prayers,” he continued. “And I feel it’s been making a difference.”