Alex Trebek Opens Up About 'Deep Sadness' During Cancer Treatment

Alex Trebek Opens Up About 'Deep Sadness' During Cancer Treatment

Alex Trebek Opens Up About 'Deep Sadness' During Cancer Treatment

Alex Trebek stopped by "GMA" Wednesday morning to update fans on his treatment with stage 4 pancreatic cancer - but also to talk about one of the most exciting runs on "Jeopardy" ever. The cancer indicators, those are coming down. Speaking with breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts, Trebek expressed desire to raise awareness about cancer and some of his unexpected experiences battling the disease.

"I don't always feel it", the 78-year-old game show host confessed.

"He has forced me to change a view that I've had for many years. that the Ken Jennings record will never be broken", Trebek said. He's hopeful he'll be back hosting again come September, but it means taking the summer months to "recuperate and get strong again".

The Canadian TV legend also said that he has been receiving good thoughts, advice and prayers throughout his diagnosis.

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Trebek echoed a similar determination in a separate interview in which he vowed to overcome the cancer. The 35-year Jeopardy host said he's experienced kidney stones and ruptured discs in his life - "so I'm used to dealing with pain" - but that at least one side effect of his cancer treatment caught him off-guard. "I've discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I'm a bit of a wuss". He will undergo another round of chemotherapy next week, followed by a review "to find out where things stand".

Chemo, Trebek continued, "affects people in different ways, and people have to understand that. After you've passed, after you're dead, people say 'He was such a good guy, we really liked him.' But I'm getting that all before that event and it makes me feel really, really good", he said smiling. "What am I gonna do?" he says matter of factly.

Alex Trebek is grateful for the love he has received from Jeopardy! fans across the globe. "It's something I am afflicted with - we are dealing with it chemically and spiritually, and those are positive". "I feel so weak all the time, and that's not a good place to be".

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