Alex Trebek says followers have made him really feel higher as he battles pancreatic most cancers.
In a brand new interview with ABC’s Michael Strahan, the Jeopardy! host and his spouse defined how the sickness has affected their lives. Trebek mentioned well-wishes from followers generally make him emotional.
“I don’t thoughts getting choked up. My oncologist informed me one of many signs, if you’ll, of pancreatic most cancers is that you just get these moments of melancholy, disappointment,” he defined.
The longtime tv host first introduced he was battling stage four pancreatic most cancers in March through a YouTube video.
He mentioned he realized one thing was fallacious and known as his physician after he started to expertise extreme abdomen ache.
“I knew as quickly because the physician got here again and talked about the pancreas. I mentioned, ‘Uh-oh, it’s going to be most cancers,’” Trebek defined to Strahan.
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His spouse of 29 years, Jean Trebek, was the primary particular person he informed concerning the prognosis. She mentioned within the interview that it’s troublesome to see her husband “in ache and I can’t assist him.”
Alex Trebek’s most cancers went into remission a number of months in the past, however he was pressured to bear one other spherical of chemotherapy after a well being downturn over the summer season.
Nonetheless, he continues to work round his home on development tasks and on TV. Subsequent month he’ll host Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time event, starting January 7.
Regardless of his busy schedule, Trebek mentioned he stays sensible about his well being.
“I’ve realized one thing up to now 12 months and it’s this: We don’t know once we’re going to die,” he mentioned. “Due to the most cancers prognosis, it’s now not an open-ended life, it’s a closed-ended life due to the horrible … survival charges of pancreatic most cancers. Due to that, and one thing else that’s working right here, folks throughout America and overseas have determined they need to let me know now, whereas I’m alive, concerning the influence that I’ve been having on their existence.”
ABC’s interview and particular titled What Is Jeopardy? Alex Trebek and America’s Most Common Quiz Present, airs on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC