UNITED STATES (WSYR-TV) — “It has different effects on you. Occasionally it’ll cause excruciating pain, other times its fatigue. It varies. Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one,” Alex Trebek said.
In a candid, exclusive interview with ABC’s TJ Holmes, the beloved “Jeopardy!” host talks about his rocky ride with stage four pancreatic cancer.
Trebek said, “My hair started to grow back, but now I have to undergo chemo again. So what little hair I have grown is going to disappear again.”
This news comes just one month after Trebek announced the good news that his chemotherapy was over and treatment was working. A few months later, his health took a turn.
“I talk to the audience sometimes and I get teary-eyed for no reason,” Trebek said. “I don’t even bother to explain it anymore, I just experience it, I know it’s part of who I am and I just keep going.”
The venerable host was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Trebek has been open about his battle and received an outpouring of support.
When asked if this experience has made him tougher Trebek said, “No, I’m still a bit of a wuss. Because there are moments when, for no reason at all, I feel this surge of sadness, depression. It doesn’t last 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.”
Despite this recent setback, he has no plans to stop.
Trebek said, “As long as I can walk out and greet the audience and the contestants and run the game, I’m happy.”
Trebek is about to host his 36th year of “Jeopardy!” He hasn’t missed one day of work since his diagnosis and treatment.
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