Alex Trebek Says He’d ‘Be Fighting Like Mad Every Day to Overcome’ Cancer If He ‘Were 25 or 30’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alex Trebek poses for cameras attending

Alex Trebek, the longtime Jeopardy! host, continues to open up about his most cancers prognosis. The face of the traditional recreation present, the Canadian-born TV persona says he’d be coping with most cancers another way if he had been in his 20s or 30s versus quick approaching 80. 

Alex Trebek broadcasts most cancers prognosis in 2019

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On March 6, 2019, Trebek went public in regards to the change to his well being. In a video posted to the sport present’s Twitter and different social media channels, the TV persona opened up about being identified with stage four pancreatic most cancers. Speaking from the Jeopardy! stage, he made it clear he deliberate “to fight this.”

“I’m going to keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends — and with the help of your prayers also — I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” Trebek mentioned.

In the wake of the information, he obtained an outpouring of affection and assist from Jeopardy! followers. Today, followers nonetheless ship him type messages. In reality, the constructive response is what satisfied Trebek to launch a memoir, The Answer Is …: Reflections On My Life. Released on July 20, 2020, all the proceeds of his e book will go to charity. 

He’s persevering with remedy, says issues could be totally different if he had been youthful 

Since saying the prognosis, Trebek’s continued with remedy for stage four pancreatic most cancers. According to a July 2020 interview with Good Morning America, he’s presently present process experimental immunotherapy remedy.

And the TV persona is seeing some constructive outcomes. Blood exams appear to point the most cancers isn’t progressing. 

In a separate interview with NPR forward of the discharge of his memoir, Trebek mentioned his strategy to most cancers could be totally different if he had been many years youthful as an alternative of rapidly approaching 80. July 22, 2020, will mark the day Trebek turns 80 and embarks on a brand new decade of his life.

“If I were 25 or 30, I’d be fighting like mad every day to overcome this diagnosis,” he mentioned. “But age does influence you.”

Alex Trebek poses for cameras attending 'Who is Alex Trebek? Celebrating 35 seasons of Jeopardy!' in 2019
Alex Trebek attends ‘Who is Alex Trebek? Celebrating 35 seasons of Jeopardy!’ | Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

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He continued, reflecting on his life.

“I’m 80 years old and I’ve lived a great life,” he mentioned. “I have a marvelous family. I’ve had a fantastic career in terms of finances, in terms of a claim within the television community. I have no reason to complain, whatsoever.”

“So I think that does influence a person’s outlook,” he added. “You just say, boy, I’ve got to be thankful for what God has given me so far.”

This is the primary time Trebek’s shared his ideas on most cancers. Previously, he mentioned he didn’t think about most cancers “devastating news,” however quite “part of life.”

Alex Trebek instructed his household he could cease remedy

Although his present remedy appears to be working, Trebek mentioned that if it doesn’t, he’s “not going to go to any extraordinary measures to ensure my survival.”

He described telling his household as “tough,” noting “they handled it beautifully.”

“They understand that there is a certain element regarding quality of life,” he mentioned. “And if the quality of life is not there — it’s hard sometimes to push. And just say, ‘Well, I’m gonna keep going even though I’m miserable.’”

He continues to host ‘Jeopardy!’

Trebek continues to be the face of Jeopardy! and he plans to maintain it that means. Filming of the sport present was suspended because of the coronavirus however Trebek’s been filming clips for this system from dwelling whereas reruns air on TV.

According to the Los Angeles Times, August 2020 will mark Trebek’s return to the Jeopardy! studio. Episodes can be taped with out an viewers and contestants will adhere to social distancing pointers whereas being separated by partitions. Meanwhile, followers proceed to invest who will take over for Trebek when he leaves the present.

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