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Alex Trebek prepared to stop cancer treatment if chemotherapy fails

2020-07-22

Longtime “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek said he will stop receiving treatment if his latest round of chemotherapy isn’t successful.

According to an interview Trebek gave to the New York Times, the side of effects of his chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer have sometimes left him in excruciating pain.

“Yesterday morning my wife came to me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad,” he said.

“There comes a time where you have to make a decision as to whether you want to continue with such a low quality of life, or whether you want to just ease yourself into the next level. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”

Trebek, 79, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March 2019 but has vowed to continue hosting “Jeopardy” until he is physically unable to.

During the coronavirus shutdown Trebek has recorded introductions for unaired episodes of the show from his home studio.

In a short video posted on Thursday, Trebek told fans he’s “feeling great.”

“I am doing well. I have been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good. I am feeling great,” he said.

Trebek’s memoir, “The Answer Is...Reflections on My Life,” which details Trebek’s fight with cancer, as well as his career, will be released Tuesday.