Tragic news has emerged with the revelation that Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s battle with pancreatic cancer is growing more difficult. Since March, he has had to undergo extensive chemotherapy, and now that treatment may be affecting his ability to continue hosting the popular game show.
Despite this latest development, Trebek’s resolve and hope remains an inspiration to us all.
Continuing to Host
Trebek seems to be unfazed by his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He has vowed to continue hosting as long as he is able.
The legendary television personality said at the time of his diagnosis, “Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working.”
A true fan favorite, the 79-year-old host has been going strong, but he may not be able to host much longer. After undergoing chemotherapy and seeing an initially promising response, his treatments ceased.
After the chemotherapy was stopped, however, his cancer made a comeback and required more intensive treatment than before.
Now undergoing chemotherapy again, Trebek said in a recent interview there are sores developing in his mouth that are preventing him from enunciating words properly. “I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving,” he said. “But there will come a point when they will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.'”
Seeing Trebek make his exit will be an end of an era, as he has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984. In those 35 years, he has become a beloved entertainment industry icon.
Alex Trebek is an inspiration to us all and a testament to the power of human will.
Stage 4 pancreatic cancer has very low survival rates, and Trebek knows this. Yet he carries on hosting with the same dedication as ever.
Trebek said, “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life…If it happens, why should I be afraid of that? We’ll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose.”
Hopefully, Trebek will win out and continue hosting Jeopardy!. We wish the best for him and his family in this difficult time.