“Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek will be returning to chemotherapy as his pancreatic cancer has returned.
Trebek underwent the treatment over the summer and was believed to be cancer-free but, as Trebek shares in a video announcement, his “numbers went south.”
“This past summer, since I was making such good progress, we thought I was finished with chemo. That was a bit premature and certainly over-optimistic,” the host continued. After sharing that he started immunotherapy, he admitted: “My numbers went south dramatically and quickly.”
“The doctors are now re-examining my situation and it appears I will be having more chemo treatments ahead of me,” Trebek added.
“They worked very well the first time so we are expecting good results again,” he said.
“Keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Believe me, it means a lot,” Trebek concluded the view.
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WWLTV reports Trebek shared the news during a segment with ABC’s “Good Morning America”:
“I was doing so well,” he told “Good Morning America.” “And my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer. So we were all very optimistic. And they said, ‘Good, we’re gonna stop chemo, we’ll start you on immunotherapy,'”
But, then Trebek lost 12 pounds in a week. “My numbers went sky high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed. So, the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that’s what I’m doing,” he said.
Early on in his cancer treatment, Trebek discussed his battle with depression that started when he was first diagnosed. The host recalled how he was “writhing in pain” between tapings during the end of the last season.
Since his diagnosis, Trebek has received an outpouring of support from fans, friends and family.
“They have been an inspiration to me. That’s really what it’s all about,” he said.
Trebek announced in March that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” Trebek said in a video message to his fans. “Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. ”
Just months later in August, Trebek announced he was “on the mend” and done with chemotherapy.
“I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is now over. I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now,” Trebek revealed during a video previewing season 36 of the longtime game show.
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