‘Jeopardy!’ host Trebek says he’s resumed chemotherapy

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again.

Trebek told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that after a short period of optimism when he stopped chemotherapy, his “numbers shot up” and doctors ordered him back on the treatment.

The 79-year-old game show host announced in March that he had advanced pancreatic cancer. But he hasn’t missed a day on the show, which tapes episodes in advance.

Trebek said his goals for the summer were to get his strength and hair back, and his progress on both fronts was dismal.

There have been no changes to this season’s taping and production schedule, producer Sony Pictures Television said. Trebek is taping the Tournament of Champions shows Tuesday and Wednesday as planned. Those episodes, with last season’s star James Holzhauer among the 15 contestants, will air Nov. 4-15.

So far, 40 episodes have been taped out of the 230 planned. “Jeopardy!” typically has a compressed shooting schedule which, as Trebek has said, gives him long breaks.

Trebek said he didn’t feel terrible, although he had fatigue and occasional pain in his back.

“There are moments when, for no reason at all, I feel this surge of sadness, depression,” he said. “It doesn’t last for very long, but it takes over your whole being for a period of time.”

While he’s concerned about what his passing would mean for his loved ones, Trebek said he’s not afraid of what lies ahead.

“I’m 79 years old,” he said. “I’ve had one hell of a good life.”

The Associated Press

READ MORE: “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s Emmy Award comes with ovation

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

The Canadian Press

Share
Published by
The Canadian Press

Recent Posts

  • Canada & World
  • News

As NBA-China tweet rift continues, LeBron James enters spotlight

Monday’s comments unleashed an immediate backlash against James

5 mins ago
  • Canada & World
  • News

Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?

Small efforts to remove barred owls in B.C.and northern California already show promising results

5 mins ago
  • News

Striking Vancouver hotel workers reach deal with four of five hotels

A strike continues at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

15 mins ago
  • Business

CREA reports home sales in September up 15.5% from year ago

Home sales through the Canadian Multiple Listing Service were up 0.6 per cent month over month

45 mins ago
  • Home2
  • News

Digital poppies set to launch as part of Remembrance Day campaign

Second year in a row for online campaign

2 hours ago
  • Home
  • Local News
  • News

Kent wastewater plant gets $7,500 grant for improvement study

The district will be looking at modifications to its digester system

3 hours ago