Alex Trebek Gives Another Sad Update About His Cancer Fight

  • Published on:  Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Alex Trebek is sharing a major health -- and possible career -- update with fans amid his ongoing battle against pancreatic cancer.

    During an interview with news anchor Lisa Laflamme on CTV's W5 on Friday, October 4, 2019, the beloved game show host revealed that the physical side effects stemming from his chemotherapy treatments may eventually affect his longtime hosting gig on Jeopardy!

    "I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish."

    During the interview, the 79-year-old Trebek noted that sores in his mouth, caused by his latest round of chemo, sometimes make it difficult for him to enunciate while speaking. He's beginning to wonder how much longer he can go on in his role as a game show host.

    In the past, Trebek says he's managed to work through physical pain and discomfort, and that he'll continue to do so in the near-future.

    "There are weaknesses that I feel in my body but I can always suck it up when it comes time to tape the show."

    But Trebek, who is technically still under contract to host Jeopardy! for another three years, is hyper-conscious of the feeling that the cancer, and the cancer treatments, are beginning to affect his performance — even as he's assured by producers and fans that no one notices.

    "I talk to the producers about this all the time now. I say 'I'm slurring my words, my tongue doesn't work as much, as well, as it used to.'"

    Fans of Trebek may recall that the Jeopardy! host first announced that he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in March 2019 in a YouTube video titled, "A Message From Alex Trebek."

    "Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this and I'm going to keep working."

    Trebek also added that he planned to beat the low survival rate statistics for the disease, enlisting the love and support of his family, as well as the prayers and well-wishes from the audience, to get the job done. According to the American Cancer Society, the type of cancer Trebek has been diagnosed with has a 9 percent survival rate.

    Over the months that followed, Trebek kept viewers updated on his battle with the disease. By May, he announced to People that some of his tumors had remarkably shrunk down by more than 50 percent following his first round of chemo. At the time, he stated that he was believed to be near remission, and that his doctors were optimistic.

    Despite the positive outlook, however, Trebek admitted to Good Morning America in September 2019 that his chemotherapy treatments had taken a toll on both his physical and mental health.

    "Occasionally, it will cause excruciating pain in my lower back. Other times, it's fatigue. Other times, it's nausea. It varies."

    Speaking candidly, Trebek related that the physical strain of treating the disease has sometimes led to bouts of depression.

    "But it just takes over my whole being for a short period of time. I understand it more now, so I can deal with it a lot better than I did before."

    Ever since announcing his diagnosis with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Alex Trebek has remained positive throughout his subsequent treatments.

    "The thing I suppose that gives me the most optimism is that, hey, I'm still here. And I don't feel terrible."

    The game show host echoed this sentiment during his recent interview with CTV's W5, during which he candidly opened up about why he's, quote, "not afraid of dying" as he continues to battle cancer.

    "I've lived a good life, a full life, and I'm nearing the end of that life, I know that."

    Trebek shares two children with Jean Currivan, his wife of 29 years. He went on to quip,

    "One thing they're not going to say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, is, 'He was taken from us too soon.'"

    Clearly in high spirits and noting that he's still hanging in there, Trebek revealed what's next in his cancer treatments.

    "We're back on the chemo and we'll see if the numbers go down. We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."

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  • Nicki Swift

    Nicki Swift

     14 days ago +513

    We'd like to wish Alex Trebek our best. He's a beloved cornerstone of nighttime television, and we hope he wins his fight against cancer.

  • Dueville7777


     2 hours ago

    Contestant: "I'll take Real American heroes for 1000"
    Alex: "The answer is...He over came the odds and beat the low survival Pancreatic cancer rate statistics to host his game show another 10 years."
    Contestant: " Who is you, Alex!
    Alex: "Correct for a 1000 dollars, well done." (Audience clapping for 5 min)

  • Deborah Benson

    Deborah Benson

     3 hours ago

    Bless his heart, my thoughts and prayers are with him. I hope that he continues to fight this battle.

  • Ms Creek

    Ms Creek

     4 hours ago

    Why do you post this bullshit. Your video has him in the grave already!

  • Colleen Goodwin

    Colleen Goodwin

     4 hours ago

    Praying for you Alex!

  • Carmel DeMiranda née Conlon

    Carmel DeMiranda née Conlon

     6 hours ago

    I have so much appreciation, love and respect for this amazing and truly amazing modest gentleman. I remember to pray for him each evening as I pray my rosary. I have others whom I ask God’s blessing for too. Blessings to all who are suffering.

  • Renee Schultz

    Renee Schultz

     7 hours ago

    Continued prayers for you Alex Trebek. My mother and I are praying for you regularly and believe God for your complete healing. Don't give up!

  • Jay Ar

    Jay Ar

     10 hours ago

    Why are you still working?beside work is there any way you can do relax at home with your family?

  • Dirty Muzzie

    Dirty Muzzie

     12 hours ago

    Getting tired of the pointless updates. Just die already.

  • Terry


     13 hours ago

    God bless him 🙏🏻

  • Terry Whelan

    Terry Whelan

     13 hours ago

    He never lost his Canadian values and honesty.

  • kantstop Me

    kantstop Me

     16 hours ago

    Answer: The "intelligent" way to deal with cancer.
    - What is get injected with a toxic substance that will wreak havoc on every system in the body including the immune system?



     21 hours ago

    Alex Trebek: GOD has this, go to Lourdes,+otherwise keep doing everything--EVERY THING to trick+put that b@st@rd cancer into REMISSION. YOU are AWESOME. I am absolutely positive that you are so well read that you are acutely aware that medical study after medical study after medical study has proved that when a patient has people specifically PRAYING for THEM, as opposed to others who'd just are going through treatment without people praying for them, well by and large the people who have an army of people praying for them why are undergoing treatment have a much higher success and survival rate! So don't ever forget that fact that people are praying for you and that may be just as important as your team of medical experts in concert with each other screen to give you your best slingshot towards staying ahead of this scourge to humankint! Lastly, you are awesome and you are loved! Never give up+ never surrender!

  • Daniel Johnson

    Daniel Johnson

     23 hours ago

    i just started watching jeporody. i dont know any answers but i am 58 and he has been part of my culture. sorry should of put that in form of question. who is a dumbass warching alex? answer::me good luck alex.

  • Dr. Bill

    Dr. Bill

     yesterday +1

    My mother and daughter both survived stage 4 cancer after refusing to let it kill them. All the best to Alex, I feel optimistic for him. God bless , and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family . I spent many years at Ottawa U. ❤️🙏🏻😇

  • Kandie Apple

    Kandie Apple



  • Arthur Mah

    Arthur Mah


    Wish Alex all the luck fighting the cancer, thoughts and prayers go out to Alex and his family.....hang in there Alex and stay watching y9ur show Alex...jeopardy my favorite program, and your the best game host among others great one like Bob barker of price is right and etc.....

  • Angel Henry

    Angel Henry



  • Felix Brown

    Felix Brown


    God Bless You, Trebek!

  • margaret davis

    margaret davis

     2 days ago

    We never miss Jeopardy at our house. It keeps us on our toes mentally. Alex has such a wonderful spirit about him that makes us love him.