Alex Trebek Says His Health Prognosis Has Worsened – ‘I Feel Like I Want to Die’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alex Trebek

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has spoken overtly in a dialog with The New York Times, telling the outlet in July 2020 that the prognosis for the superior pancreatic most cancers with which he was recognized in 2019 has worsened.

The long-time quiz present host admitted that he plans to finish his current therapy if it doesn’t present promise.

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Alex Trebek’s battle with pancreatic most cancers

In March 2019, Trebek introduced to the quiz present’s followers by means of video the unhappy information that he had been recognized with late-stage pancreatic most cancers. As many are conscious, a prognosis at that time within the illness will not be reassuring, however the 79-year-old stored his message as upbeat as potential, promising to struggle it with all he had.

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“I wanted to be the one to pass along this information,” Trebek mentioned on the time. “Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working.”

“I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease,” he mentioned lightheartedly. “Truth informed, I’ve to! Because underneath the phrases of my contract, I’ve to host Jeopardy! for 3 extra years!”

Trebek’s current optimistic replace

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In July 2020, Trebek, turning 80 on July 22, issued a video assertion from his house in quarantine describing how nicely he was feeling and the way equally excited he was to return to the Jeopardy! studio.

“I’m doing well,” Trebek mentioned. “I’ve been continuing my treatment, and it is paying off — though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good; I’m feeling great. In fact, during the break from the studio I even wrote a book that will be coming out July 21.”

“I can’t wait to return to the studio and start recording shows for the new [37th] season in September,” he said. “Meanwhile, my wish for all of you: Stay safe.”

Trebek’s current admission to ‘The New York Times’

It was stunning, then, shortly after his July video replace, that Trebek, in a dialog with The New York Times, reported his sickness’ prognosis will not be the place he would really like it to be.

The outlet described Trebek as enduring ache so agonizing on the outset of his therapies, he would “lay down on the floor of his dressing room, sobbing from the pain.” It additionally quoted the Canadian-born tv persona as saying that if “his current course of cancer treatment fails, he plans to stop treatment.”

“Yesterday morning my wife came to me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad,” he mentioned.

The widespread present host went on to say that he has made peace with no matter course his sickness decides to take.

“There comes a time where you have to make a decision as to whether you want to continue with such a low quality of life,” he shared, “or whether you want to just ease yourself into the next level. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”

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